Huawei rejects EU dumping allegations in trade probe

Huawei denied that it is engaged in any business practices that are contrary to European Union trade regulations. The Chinese firm said that details of the EU investigations into how Chinese vendors conduct trade in Europe have not been provided, despite Huawei offering to fully co-operate.

A company spokesman told New Europe Technology that claims of dumping cannot be seriously considered. "Our price in the European market is very similar to other markets, including China", he says. "Our growth in the European market is really a combination of technology, innovation and quality of service. We do not see any fact that supports justification of the dumping complaints".

Huawei said that it remains very worried over the investigation being conducted by the Directorate General for Trade (DGT) of the European Commission.

"So far, we have received nothing about the case from the DGT especially the concerns about Huawei," the spokesman said. "In the past few months we have tried to re-engage the discussions with DGT, and provide information and data to resolve these concerns." So far, he says, discussions "have not been effective," he told New Europe Technology.

The probe is also looking at Chinese vendor ZTE. Last month Ericsson and Sweden's trade minister raised concerns that the investigation could cause a trade war with China.

Huawei also denied reports that it has received $30 billion in credit from the China Development Bank (CDB), claiming that the CDB negotiates directly with operators and makes its own decisions regarding the structure and pricing of a project based on the credit standing of the operator.

Separately, Huawei and France Telecom Orange have inked a deal for the joint development, sales and marketing of smartphones, mobile broadband devices and tablets. The two-year deal covers both OEM and ODM projects and aims to merge FT Orange's technology and marketing knowledge with Huawei's smart device development and integration skills. Huawei said the agreement is an important move in expanding its presence and brand awareness in Europe, according to a Telecom Paper report.

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