The Chinese tech company reportedly signed the deal at the sidelines of Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. For the deal, the two firms developed a road map for 2019-2020 that will see the implementation of 5G and Internet of Things technologies, using MTS infrastructure, the development of its commercial LTE network, the launch of test zones and pilot 5G networks for different spheres, including infrastructure. Huawei has been under growing pressure since May, when the Trump administration banned us companies from selling high-tech equipment to firm over suspicions it was spying for the Chinese government.
China's Commerce Ministry will release a list of "unreliable" foreign companies in the near future, a spokesman said Thursday, without giving a specific date. The signing ceremony coincided with the first global video call, using Russia's 5G network, connecting St. Petersburg and the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
"Huawei has vast experience in 5G technology development, as it leads the way to the 5G era".
China Mobile has claimed that its 5G services will be available in more than 40 cities by the end of September. In February previous year, it made the world's first 5G call and launched the first 5G terminal device.
Russian mobile operator MTS has signed an agreement with Huawei on the development of 5G technology in the country.
The 5G is being tried in several places in China, including Tibet.
Huawei has become a central part of a power struggle between world top two economies that started out in trade and is now threatening to engulf the field of technology.
The U.S. has imposed sanctions against the world's No. 1 network equipment provider and second-largest smartphone maker, arguing that it is legally beholden to the Chinese government, which could use the company's products for cyberespionage. The United States is waging a campaign against Huawei, banning it from its own 5G networks and cutting it off from American software and components that it needs for its smartphones and network equipment business.
Huawei is now dealing with a number of restrictions in Western countries after a trade-related executive order from President Trump required USA suppliers to suspend their work with Huawei.