Huawei Ban – The Story of China-USA Rivalry

The story of Huawei spying fiasco is an old one, it started in the year 2006 when China has entrusted the task to build African Union HQ, Addis Ababa. The construction was completed in the year 2012, and everything in it was deployed by China even the state of art of computers. Huawei Ban – The Story of China-USA Rivalry.

A French newspaper Le Monde Afrique dropped a bombshell in 2017. It revealed that African Union computer systems had been compromised. That building was a symbol of close ties between China and Africa until a French newspaper Le Monde Afrique dropped a bombshell in 2017.

It revealed that African Union computer systems had been compromised. It also announced that for the period of five years, the data from AU servers were transferred to Shanghai between hour midnight and 0200. Later on, it was also discovered that microphones were also hidden in the building.

Huawei Ban – The Story of China-USA Rivalry

Of course, the reaction was expected, however, officials from both the countries condemned the report and stated it fake and called it an attempt of western media to damage the relationship between both countries.

In all this story, one thing was not mentioned, that was the name of the supplier of IT and communication technology systems to AU headquarters; it was China’s top telecom company-Huawei. The spokesperson from Huawei disapproved this and said that even if the data were transferred to China, it was not done from Huawei equipment as the data centre facilities provided by Huawei to AU didn’t have storage or data transfer functions. Since there was no evidence, the news settled down.

Huawei was added in the list of top 10 companies and it kept on growing until it surpassed Apple in Dec 2018 and stood on number two position globally, after Samsung

However, there is also another side to the story. Huawei was flourishing, and its revenues have been growing up since 2012. No doubt, the company had launched the best devices; at the same time, it was working on 5G, and providing equipment to the number of countries.

Initially, Huawei was added in the list of top 10 companies and it kept on growing until it surpassed Apple in Dec 2018 and stood on number two position globally, after Samsung. During the same time, President Donald Trump and China’s president were in talks to cut off the trading war going on between two countries and it was pretty successful.

While in Canada, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and Ren Zhengfei’s eldest daughter had been arrested by Canadian officials. Canada was obliged by the US to charge Ms Meng and Huawei for fraud and breaking sanctions on Iran. The problems for Huawei started.

The USA has turned its back on Huawei and charged it for stealing data trade secrets developed by T-Mobile. This was not the first time Huawei was accused of stealing trade secrets. For years companies including Cisco, Nortel and Motorola were accusing Huawei.

The USA has turned its back on Huawei and charged it for stealing data trade secrets developed by T-Mobile. This was not the first time Huawei was accused of stealing trade secrets. For years companies including Cisco, Nortel and Motorola were accusing Huawei.

However, US fears are not based on industrial spying alone; Huawei has the largest infrastructures around the world and the best company building the 5G network. But now the USA has warned all the other countries not to collaborate with Huawei for the 5G network as it will be equal to allowing the company to spy on them.

The USA has warned all the other countries not to collaborate with Huawei for the 5G network as it will be equal to allowing the company to spy on them

Because of USA’s influence & manipulation, last year Australia had banned Huawei from supplying equipment used in 5G. Australia had also banned Huawei 5G activities due to the same security concerns. Huawei was also stopped from launching any 5G technology in New Zealand as the country’s international spy agency had banned Spark from using Huawei’s equipment in its 5G upgrade.

After this equipment ban saga, Huawei proved that even banning this world’s second largest smartphone maker will not stop it from moving forward. The company also decided to bring the US government under the proper lawsuit over unnecessary equipment ban.

After this equipment ban saga, Huawei proved that even banning this world’s second largest smartphone maker will not stop it from moving forward

This cold war turned in to the fire; news broke that US government called national emergency against Huawei and put it in the blacklist, obstructing any kind of trade services between the companies. The US knew that this move will act as a big hurdle in Huawei’s efforts to dominate the 5G wireless industry. Google and other companies were forced to suspend business with the Chinese tech giant.

Huawei Ban-Dramatic Effect of US Ban:

Initially, it was perceived that after US ban, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will only lose access to updates of Android operating system and its users will lose access to the popular application and services including Google play store, Google and Gmail app. However, it was much more than that; after Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, ARM also waved goodbye to the company.

ARM, the UK chip manufacturer has sent a memo to its staff asking them to suspend all the contracts and pending engagements with Huawei. One after another, US firms started turning their back on Huawei. End of JEDEC and WiFi alliance with Huawei was another shock.

This cold war turned in to the fire; news broke that US government called national emergency against Huawei and put it in the blacklist, obstructing any kind of trade services between the companies

 Is it the End Game for Huawei?

In such circumstances, many people thought that Huawei will be no more and termed it as the end game for Huawei. However, the Chinese company was ready; it seems it knew that all this was coming.

So, it was already developing its own operating system named HongMen since 2012 and also revealed that it will be rolled out in China by the end of 2019 and to other countries in 2020.

Huawei is already in action; it is also in talks with Aptoide to replace the Google play store. Moreover, the company also announced that it was working on its own chipsets.

It seems Huawei knew that all this was coming. So, it was already developing its own operating system named HongMeng since 2012 and also revealed that it will be rolled out in China by the end of 2019 and to other countries in 2020

After the news of Huawei ban broke the internet, another U-turn came in the story and the US postponed the ban for 90 days so that the company can complete its ongoing deals with US firms. The officials from the company said that they were well-prepared, and they do not even need 90 days to function.

After Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, ARM also waved goodbye to Huawei

Among other tech titans, Huawei was also testing 5G technology and planning to launch it as soon as possible, which has been successful in doing. But, the US has taken a strong stand against Huawei. While other countries were planning for the rollout of 5G, US alarmed them not to use any equipment made by the Chinese tech firm Huawei.

Huawei has already in action; it is also in talks with Aptoide to replace the Google play store. Moreover, the company also announced that it was working on its own chipsets

After the US ban, the US local players can get ahead and win most of the business. Besides, the influence of Huawei will also be minimized around the world, leaving space for American companies.

China is Racing Ahead in 5G – Is the US being left behind?

Huawei had formally rolled out its 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000 along with the first commercial 5G device powered by Huawei 5G CPE Pro. China is the first country which has launched the world’s fastest wireless connections.

Huawei is leading the 5G race by launching 5G and 5G compatible devices when T-mobile, Verizon, and Sprint from the US are still working on it

Now a point is raised here! Is Huawei really spying people with the chipsets and equipment, or it is just a rivalry between two countries? Huawei is leading the 5G race by launching 5G and 5G compatible devices when T-mobile, Verizon, and Sprint from the US are still working on it.

Huawei is the largest 5G infrastructure maker in the world. This reason is quite enough to understand the cause of the ban. Now Donald Trump has further softened his stance on Huawei by saying that US tech companies can back to do business with Huawei.This further cements the fact that Trump is using Huawei as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations with China.

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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.
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