Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Trump anticipated to ban 5G networks from using Chinese tech

Trump anticipated to ban 5G networks from using Chinese tech

As the world's top telecom equipment manufacturer and the second largest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei's 5G test platform in Thailand will be the company's first platform in Southeast Asia.

"Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion", he wrote in a letter to MP Norman Lamb.

"It is a complicated and involved process, and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results".

But dumping the telecom company comes at a cost as experts say Huawei is between six months and one year ahead of rivals in terms of the quality of 5G equipment. The two Chinese mobile giants have been accused by the United States government of posing national security risks.

"We haven't been able to do our work as members of parliament", said Senator Elisabeth Lamure, who is also vice-chair of the upper house's committee for economic affairs.

Huawei has been under great scrutiny in recent times, but remember that ZTE was also heavily put under the microscope not long before.

Many intelligence agencies suspect Huawei's equipment could be used as an espionage conduit for Chinese spies-though there's no clear evidence that this has happened, and Huawei denies the possibility. The law mandates any organization and citizen to support and assist national intelligence in their investigations and to keep information related to such investigations.

'Huawei has never and will never use UK-based hardware, software or information gathered in the United Kingdom or anywhere else globally, to assist other countries in gathering intelligence.

Liu said Huawei hired 12,000 people in Europe and in 2018 procured $6.3 billion worth of goods in Europe.

'Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business.

Trump reportedly wants to protect USA 5G networks from state-sponsored Chinese spying.

A spokesman from the National Security Council advised that the "working across government and with our allies and like-minded partners to mitigate risk in the deployment of 5G and other communications infrastructure".

The next British report is expected to be released in coming weeks.

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