Huawei has a Bright Spot in India as US to Halt Its Aggressive Advance
At a meeting in Canada in July 2018, spy chiefs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States - all signatories to an intelligence treaty, and popularly known as "Five Eyes" - agreed to take action to contain the overall growth of Huawei.
A commercial and technological competition has been waged between China and the United States for some time and in recent years what was a discreet conflict has become a real war. And the battles now promise to be in the eyes of the public, with the US leading offensives to deter Huawei’s breakthroughs, promising aggressive moves to dominate the smartphone and modem market.
Intelligence and intelligence chiefs from the United States and Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK are expected to meet in July to discuss the issue on Canadian soil. The information was obtained from internal sources and from local vehicles themselves, which revealed details to The Wall Street Journal.
This network, called “Five Eyes,” fears that Huawei’s ubiquity of gadgets could become a threat to governments, especially with the arrival of 5G. With the growth of cyberspace in China, as well as that of its military, global control over millions of mass-connected devices is currently as powerful as any traditional army.
The “Five Eyes” discussed the extent to which they would adopt Huawei as a supplier of 5G equipment and even replace or reduce the marketing and use of Chinese handsets – which has already been accused of exploiting gaps to obtain data and also cooperate with countries that suffer some sanctions, like Iran.
In addition, they assessed the security conditions of the new networks, as well as the safeguards that exist or should exist to prevent a company such as Huawei, for example from being able to handle a massive number of devices remotely.
In the following months, the five network members led an “unprecedented campaign” to “stop Huawei’s technology giant from providing equipment for their next-generation wireless networks,” which led to the arrest of Meng in Canada.
According to the report, Five Eyes members see Huawei in different ways – the UK is a big buyer of the company’s telecommunications equipment. How to put such guidelines in place when we know that the UK is a big customer of the Chinese giant? The Five Eyes justify their decision by the fact that there is a good chance that the devices sold by Huawei will also be used for spying on behalf of the Beijing government. The fear is that this device will further enhance the capabilities of cyber espionage and China’s military might.
Huawei says its appliances are like those of other manufacturers
Other countries, such as Germany, are reviewing their supply chains and talking to telephone operators looking for evidence that Huawei may actually be benefiting from the popularity of its handsets for cyberspace and other deafening actions.
Huawei strengthens to be private property and has no obligations to Beijing or any public administration. The manufacturer claims that its equipment poses no more threat than any other supplier and has industry confidence with partners common to major Chinese operations.
The company declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal article, and the Chinese government said it “strongly opposes” accusations that Huawei poses threats to national security. This season, the company has surpassed Apple and ranked as the second largest manufacturer in the world and is a leader in the telecommunications infrastructure industry.
India offers a large market
But, there is still some good news for Huawei. The company has received the invitation from the Indian authority to be a part of 5G trials in the country.
“We have received an official invitation from the Department of Telecom (DoT) on September 27. We have submitted our proposal and now waiting for the reply from the department,” Huawei India CEO Jay Chen told PTI.
The Department of Telecom, the regulatory body of India, has already approached other players including Samsung, Cisco, Nokia, Ericsson, and NEC for development of 5G applications and running 5G trials.
“We have been informed that DoT has set up a committee to decide on zones for trials. The government intends to allocate 100-megahertz spectrum for 5G trials. Huawei has shown interest in running the trial in Delhi and one more city. We also want to engage with state governments,” Chen said.
The company had conducted 5G trials in the lab with Bharati Airtel, India’s second largest telecom provider, where it attained a speed of more than 3 Gbps in 3.5 GHz spectrum band.
Huawei would focus on enhanced mobile broadband, fixed wireless access, and WTTX that will deliver fiber broadband in wireless mode.
“We are investing in India with long-term vision. I see India be the most dynamic country in terms of overall economic growth in the next 5 years when the Indian telecom sector will be full of hope and opportunities as things are moving in the right direction. 5G is going to transform everything,” Chen said.
Huawei has also been in the headlines recently due to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the financial director and daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.
The Canadian authorities recently detained Meng at the request of the US authorities, asking for her extradition on charges that she had misled western financial institutions to process transactions related to sales of telecommunications equipment, which would violate an embargo with Iran.