So far only Australia and Japan have blocked Huawei gear from their next-generation 5G wireless networks.
Even the UK, which has the most to lose from hacking off the Americans, has rejected a proposed ban on British telecom carriers using Huawei gear.
UK chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Norman Lamb, wrote: “There are no technical grounds for excluding Huawei entirely from the UK’s 5G or other telecommunications networks.”
The committee’s decision follows the European Union’s decision in March not to ban Huawei outright, but instead to ask member countries to assess the risks to their 5G networks.
So far, the world has waited in vain for the US to provide actual evidence that Huawei has been spying on US networks. Unfortunately for Trump, most countries have been looking at Huawei gear and find it secure and cheaper than anything else out there.
The US, which is essentially a corporate-run oligarchy, is also under pressure to stop being an “ass” over it the move. The big corporates who invest fortunes in “lobbying” politicians are not amused at the ban. Huawei bought $11 billion worth of products from the US last year, according to founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei.
What worries the US suppliers is that Huawei will go elsewhere for its gear. It also has the cash to develop its own technology.
Ren said the company wanted to end its reliance on US companies and make its own chips and smartphone operating system. However, he also wants Huawei to buy from US suppliers if possible.
Then there are the US jobs which are being lost due to Trump’s antics. Huawei is preparing to lay off hundreds of US employees of its subsidiary due to the US restrictions.