Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, is still at the hub of multiple issues with the United States. The American government believes that Huawei is working for the Chinese government. It also believes that Huawei’s 5G devices have backdoors which will be used for spying others. Although Huawei vehemently denies these claims, the U.S. has banned Huawei from doing business with American companies.
Interestingly, the American government is not satisfied with just banning Huawei. It also wants all its allies to ban Huawei too. As of now, the British government is still strongly considering whether to include Huawei or not. Initially, the British government said that Huawei can participate in its 5G construction but will not have more than 35% market share. In addition, it will not participate in its core 5G network.
For British operators, it is not so easy to make changes if they want to completely abandon Huawei. According to reports, British security officials have informed British telecom operators and Vodafone to ensure that they have sufficient inventory of Huawei equipment. This is due to concerns that US sanctions will undermine Huawei’s ability to maintain critical supplies.
A spokesman for the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre said the center provides operators with a series of recommendations on possible preventive measures. In addition, it also carefully considers the impact of these US sanctions on the UK network.
Huawei ban will affect many British operators
The head of the UK’s largest business organization has stepped up to support Huawei. She warns that measures restricting the participation of this Chinese company may “harm” economic recovery.
The report mentions that Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the British Industry Federation (CBI), said that the country’s future economic recovery has been labeled as “digital-first” and many employees work from home. Enterprises are also looking for innovative ways to adapt and increase productivity. Fairbairn said: “Huawei has always been an important factor in the promotion of 5G applications, which will become an important part of our economic recovery.”
The latest ban on Huawei by the U.S. does not just target American companies. It targets all companies that are using American technology. The U.S says these sanctions are due to “national security”. However, China believes that the U.S. does not want China to catch up or surpass the United States. Although Huawei has a huge stock of many key parts, once it exhausts the inventory, there will be a hurdle to climb