Huawei is reportedly prepared to invest as much as PLN3 billion ($789 million) into Poland across the next five years if it is able to provide 5G equipment without restrictions.
Reuters quoted Ryszard Hordynski, the senior director of strategy and communications for Huawei in Poland, as saying that the vendor wanted to “develop and invest” in Poland but that “these investments have to make sense from a business perspective.”
While Poland’s government has not yet confirmed whether it will place restrictions on the use of Huawei’s equipment in 5G network rollouts, several reports have indicated that a blanket ban is highly improbable. Nonetheless, it is one of the European markets that the US is pressuring to avoid using Huawei products.
In January this year, Huawei’s Polish unit sacked an employee who had been arrested on spying charges together with a Polish security official. In February, Huawei proposed building a cybersecurity centre in Poland, partly as a means of alleviating security concerns in the country.
Reuters also noted that Poland’s Minister of Foreign affairs Jacek Czaputowicz has said Poland would welcome Chinese investment, in the same week that China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the country.