How did Serbia and Huawei cooperate: a chronology

Stefan Vladisavljev

29. July 2019

How did Serbia and Huawei cooperate: a chronology

Photo: Reuters

In July of 2019 the interest of China and the Chinese companies to participate in the development of 5G network in Serbia was announced once again. Once again, it was confirmed that the Huawei is one of the main partners of Republic of Serbia in the construction of the 5G network and that it is significant partner of Serbia in the field of telecommunication, but it is also present in the security and educational sectors. In the next part of this article the short overview of dates significant to the development of cooperation between Republic of Serbia and Huawei are presented. List can be updated, bot retrospectively and for the further developments.

July 22nd 2019

Chinese cyberspace administration chief Zhuang Rongwen during his visit in Serbia said that the leading Chinese companies are interested in the participation in the development of 5G network in Serbia. Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajić expressed satisfaction with the cooperation so far, saying that one of the most visible results is laying of a network of optical cables by Telekom Serbia in cooperation with Huawei.

May 20th 2019

Google introduced restriction for Huawei that is using Android as a operative system for its mobile phones, after the decision made by American President, Donald Trump, that forbids American telecommunication companies to do business with foreign companies who are possible threat for national security of USA. Countries like USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan have banned Huawei from the construction of infrastructure that will be used for establishing 5G network. Representatives of Serbia have stated that there are no concernes regarding Huawei’s participation and that the cooperation will be further developed.

April 28th 2019.

Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajić stated that state owned telecommunication company Telekom is already working on the construction of telecommunication infrastructure that will enable 5G technology and that the key partner of Serbia is Huawei.

April 24th 2019.

Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajić signed in Beijing the Memorandum of Understanding for ‘’Smart Cities’’ project. This document is positioning Huawei as a strategic partner of Serbian Government for the development of smart cities strategy in Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad, as also the other local self-governments. ‘’Smart Cities’’ project includes introduction of different services for citizens, digitalization of those services. The pilot will be launched in Niš. As stated on the Huawei’s website, this company is taking active participation in more than 120 cities and more than 40 countries in the process of development of ‘’smart cities’’.

January 30th 2019.

Serbian Minister of Interior, Nebojša Stefanović, announced the installation of 1000 surveillance cameras on 800 locations in Belgrade, without naming the equipment provider. At that time, the official Huawei website had the complete description of the ‘’Safe City’’ project, that got deleted shortly. Gratitude to Share Foundation for saving the website presentation in archive: https://archive.li/pZ9HO

September 17th 2018.

Serbian Minister of Finance, Siniša Mali, signed the Agreement for the purchase of equipment, construction and services for the realization of the traffic surveillance project between Republic of Serbia and Huawei.

December 27th 2017.

Serbian Minister of Interior, Nebojša Stefanović, stated that the renewal of the video surveillance system has begun and announced the beginning of pilot phase of the project ‘’Safe City’’ and installation of new surveillance cameras that will have significantly better resolution and technical capabilities. Also, cameras will include facial recognition software.

May 14th 2017.

Serbian Minister of Education, Mladen Šarčević, signed in Beijing the strategic partnership agreement for the development of information and communication infrastructure in educational institutions with the representatives of Huawei. Chinese company also introduced the possibility of cooperation in the establishment of ‘’G Cloud’’ (Government Cloud) that would unite data and communication infrastructure for all government and institutional bodies and offered necessary applications for state institutions and their business.

April 28th 2017.

Huawei and Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications signed the contract for the construction of broadband internet network in Serbia.

February 3rd 2017.

Signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement for the installation of eLTE technologies and solutions that will be used for ‘’safe city’’ systems of public security between Serbian Ministry of Interior and Huawei.

December 17th 2014.

Serbian Ministry of Interior and Huawei signed the Memorandum of Understanding dedicated to the proposed cooperation and next steps in the implementation of the ‘’Safe Society’’ project

2011.

Serbian Ministry of Interior and Huawei started negotiations regarding possible upgrade of the information and telecommunication system of Ministry of Interior through solutions for the overall security of the citizen that are part of the ‘’Safe City’’ project.

2009.

Serbia and China signed an Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation in the Field of Infrastructure