Obviously, putting Huawei in the list of entities in the Department of Commerce was designed to punish Huawei (some point out that it also affects US companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel, Synopsys, and Cadence Design Systems), but it also has an effect on the global release of 5G. First, let’s take a step back. The next generation of wireless connectivity offers data download speeds up to ten times faster than 4G LTE. And once 5G is available everywhere, we’ll see things like driverless cars and new inventions that we can’t even imagine right now. And Huawei, as the world’s leading provider of network equipment, is heavily involved in the global 5G launch.
But Huawei’s ban could slow down the process of making 5G available worldwide. According to Reuters, several companies do not allow their employees to talk to Huawei employees to discuss issues such as technical standards for 5G. Companies like Intel, Qualcomm and even South Korean company LG Uplus do not participate in important talks to help develop and buildout 5G around the world. The Trump administration gave Huawei a three-month limited suspension of the ban, preventing it from obtaining parts and software from the United States. The exemption ends in August and allows US companies to talk to Huawei “as necessary for the development of 5G standards”. But U.S. companies are not required to participate in these conversations with Huawei. And many American companies continue to refrain from having conversations with the besieged Chinese producer; While the government says it’s all right now, these companies still fear that the Trump authorities will call and punish them.
Huawei is a member of several organizations that set technical standards for 5G
Huawei is a member of several organizations that have the task of defining technical standards for 5G. But as an example of the confusion surrounding the US ban and the noticeable future of Huawei, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), has prevented Huawei engineers from participating in peer reviews. However, after double checking with the Commerce Department, the IEEE has been given the green light to allow Huawei engineers to participate in peer reviews.
The U.S. has warned its allies not to allow wireless service providers in their countries to use Huawei’s network equipment. The fear is that the company will put the doors on its equipment so that it can send information to Beijing when the Chinese communist government requests it.
Other companies that compete with Huawei in the network equipment sector are Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent. So far, the United States, Japan, and Australia have banned the use of Huawei network equipment in their countries. Several European countries such as England and Germany are still deciding what to do to allow the use of Chinese manufacturer’s equipment to create 5G networks within their borders. Others, such as France, do not question Huawei and have no problem allowing their wireless service providers to use the equipment of the controversial company.
In order for 5G to reach its global potential, a consensus should be reached on whether or not Huawei’s engineers can participate in any future discussion on 5G technical standards.
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