Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Huawei founder calls on company to develop open source software

Future developments are fundamentally outside the control of the United States and will provide the tech giant with autonomy

Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies, called on the company’s employees to “dare to lead the world” in software.

According to Zhengfei, future developments in this area are fundamentally “beyond US control, and will provide the tech giant with greater independence and autonomy.” This was reported by the Reuters news agency.

As Huawei will find it difficult to produce cutting-edge hardware in the short term, the company should focus on building software systems such as the HarmonyOS operating system, the cloud-based Mindspore artificial intelligence system, and other IT products.

Recall that in May 2019, the US Department of Commerce included the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, as well as 70 related companies in the so-called “blacklist” (Entity List) – a list of organizations and companies with which the interaction of American enterprises is limited or completely excluded. Joe Biden’s administration has given no indication to lift Trump’s sanctions. The government also banned Google from providing new Huawei phone models with access to the Google Mobile Services developer suite, which powers most Android apps.

Ren Zhengfei stressed that the advancement of the software will depend on finding the right business model and the company should adopt an open-source approach, encouraging staff to learn from other IT communities. As the founder of the company recalled, the Welink business communication platform, developed by Huawei, was based on traditional software licensing and this format is not suitable for cloud computing. In this regard, Welink was inferior to the competing product Alibaba.

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