Serbia: 5G cooperation with Huawei will not be affected, many things are in preparation
The Huawei Innovation and Development Center opened on Monday under the witness of Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo.
Branabic said that the center will greatly help Serbia to further achieve digitalization. Despite signing an agreement with Washington, the country is still developing many front-end technologies with Huawei before the introduction of 5G.
“Many things with Huawei are in preparation and will only be seen in the next few months or a year,” she said.
Branabic insisted that cooperation with Huawei to introduce a 5G network for Serbia does not violate the agreement signed in Washington.
“Serbia is also not interested in untrusted technologies. On the contrary, it is in the interest of bidding to openly and transparently introduce 5G networks while respecting international standards including the Washington Agreement.” She said.
Li Mengqun, president of Huawei’s Western Balkans, told the media that he hopes to strengthen cooperation with the Serbian government.
“We hope and believe that the Serbian government will continue to create an open and fair business environment for the construction of ICT infrastructure. Through joint efforts, we can make Serbia a world leader in the digital age, through ubiquitous connections, digital platforms and All-inclusive intelligence.” He said.
Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the public auction of 5G spectrum in Serbia has been postponed to the first quarter of 2021.
Huawei has been operating in Serbia for 15 years and is increasingly participating in large-scale projects .
It signed a 150 million euro contract with the state-owned Telekom Srbija to provide equipment, services and construction for the modernization of fixed-line networks. And was also appointed by the private Telenor as a partner for the development of 5G networks.
The Serbian Ministry of Interior has also reached a cooperation agreement with Huawei to introduce Huawei’s eLTE wireless broadband technology and smart city public safety system to the country. In addition, the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications signed a memorandum of understanding on smart city projects with Huawei in 2019, and signed a strategic cooperation agreement for Serbian broadband network development as early as 2017.
According to reports, the agreement signed between Serbia and Washington has no effect on these cooperation.