Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has reiterated its warning to the US government that once the company’s Harmony operating system (OS) becomes operational, it may affect companies like Google as there will be no turning back from there.
In an interview given to CNN on Tuesday, Zhengfei said Washington will eventually help competitors gain if it continues to place restrictions on who US companies can trade with.
If Huawei can’t work with US suppliers, “we will have to resort to alternatives. If those alternatives become mature, I think it’ll become less likely to switch back to previous versions,” the Huawei CEO was quoted as saying.
If Huawei is forced to “resort to alternatives” to Google, it will only harm US companies. “It is a critical moment for all of us, I hope the US government can consider what’s best for American companies,” Zhengfei added.
The US government made the decision “based on selective information, innuendo, and mistaken assumptions,” and it provided “no evidence that Huawei poses a security risk,” according to a statement issued by Huawei.
“These unwarranted actions will have profound negative effects on connectivity for Americans in rural and underserved areas across the United States,” said Huawei.
“Many carriers rely on Huawei for its high-quality, market-leading, and cost-effective equipment and services,” the company said.