Ken Hu told a gathering of representatives from the European Union, the mobile trade body GSMA and the World Economic Forum, who also spoke at the opening, that, "Trust needs to be based on facts, facts must be verifiable, and verification must be based on common standards. We believe that this is an effective model to build trust for the digital era."
Peter Kouroumbashev, Member of the European Parliament said, "With its new mandate, ENISA will be empowered with new technical capabilities. This is an excellent opportunity to work on a cyber security certification scheme for 5G that could be applicable worldwide.
"Moreover, in order to avoid fragmentation across the Union, we need to have privacy by design, not privacy by country for ICT products and services in Europe."
The centre will also facilitate communication between Huawei and key stakeholders on cyber security strategies. The company has said it will work with industry partners to explore and promote the development of security standards and verification mechanisms.
A product security testing and verification platform and related services will also be provided to Huawei customers.
Huawei already has similar centres in Canada and the UK. An offer to set up a centre in Australia from 2012 onwards has been rejected.
Australia announced a ban on Huawei and another Chinese firm, ZTE Corporation, in August last year. Britain, which has had a long association with Huawei, said recently that any risk posed by the Chinese company was manageable.
Apart from the US which has led the way in banning Huawei, only New Zealand has said it would block a move by telco Spark to use Huawei gear in its 5G rollout. But Wellington has now indicated that this is not the end of the matter.