Huawei is preparing to open its first network equipment factory outside of China, as the company works to address security concerns.
Once one of the dominant network equipment providers, Huawei has been under pressure as a result of its close ties to the Chinese government. The US has led a campaign to convince countries to ban the company from participating in their networks, with many doing just that.
The company is taking great pains to prove it can be trusted. Its latest effort is plans to open a factory in France, near the border of Germany, the first of its kind outside of China.
“With this factory built at the crossroads of Europe, Huawei will enrich its already rich presence on the continent with 23 research and development centres, more than 100 partner universities, more than 3,100 suppliers and an effective supply chain,” the company said in a statement, according to International Business Times.
Manufacturing key equipment outside of China may help the company dispel concerns about potential backdoors the Chinese government could exploit.