Huawei gives $390m bonus to staff for battling US curbs

SHENZHEN • Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies yesterday said it will hand out 2 billion yuan (S$389 million) in cash rewards to staff working to help it weather a US trade blacklisting.

The world's largest telecoms equipment provider has said it has been trying to find alternatives to US hardware after Washington all but banned it in May from doing business with US firms, disrupting its ability to source key parts.

The cash is a mark of recognition for work in the face of American pressure, Huawei's human resources department said in a notice to staff seen by Reuters. It will also double pay this month for almost all its 190,000 workers, a company spokesman said.

The cash rewards will likely go to research and development teams and those working to shift the company's supply chains away from the United States, the spokesman said.

Details of Huawei's plan were first reported by the South China Morning Post yesterday.

Many in the US government believe that Huawei's equipment, particularly its 5G networks, pose a security risk, because of the company's allegedly close ties to the Chinese government.

Huawei has denied the Chinese government plays any role in its operations.

Although granted reprieves from much of the US exclusion, Huawei had been working to find alternatives after it witnessed the crippling effect of American sanctions on its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp in early 2017.

The company is also the world's second-largest maker of smartphones, and a surge in shipments of devices helped it to report a 27 per cent rise in third-quarter revenue last month.

REUTERS

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