Sometime in the next few weeks, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would be made by Chinese telecoms from US wireless networks, sources Politico .
The order has reportedly been Long-delayed, and reported the Trump administration was and was internal pressure in the Trump administration to sign the order before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) industry convention in Barcelona at the end of the month.
The order plays in the Trump administration trade war and tensions with China, but it also reflects the US, European and Western allied countries' apprehension to install Chinese telecom tech into their current and future wireless infrastructure.
The US government has been the most outspoken in its suspicions that companies like Huawei have uncomfortably close to the Chinese government, and that the company's techno-even endanger wireless network security with preinstalled backdoors granting Chinese government access ̵
Naturally, this is all heating up as 5G looms, which will require specialized infrastructure to make networks ready for the new wireless standard.
US government has reportedly singled out Huawei in particular, banning its tech (along with tech from ZTE) from government use last fall and urging not all to buy Huawei communications technology . The larger ban Trump is expected to sign in the next few weeks was originally reported to concern only Huawei and ZTE, but now it is now erased to include telecom equipment from all Chinese companies.
Where does that leave the US?
There are other companies to turn to, of course, but Huawei leads the global telecom equipment field with 28% of the market, by Telecom Lead (ZTE has just over 5%, below Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia).
But Huawei's share of the US telecom equipment market is narrower than other countries like the UK, instead mainly supplying smaller American wireless providers, many in rural and remote areas. Banning Huawei could handle these small carriers, the company stated and could leave the country falling behind in 5G.
In any case, the ban must be signed, the US will head into MWC with a more concrete policy about who is inviting to build out the infrastructure as the world marches toward 5G.
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