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Is geopolitics impacting the global telecom supply chain?

Is geopolitics impacting the global telecom supply chain?

Global telecom supply chain: Huawei is among the biggest tech giants and owner of the 5G patent, in contrast to the Western firms. However, stopping Huawei’s access to 5G chipsets from US semiconductor firms can hurt the American economy and moderate the 5G expansion. Closing doors on China would additionally disable the 5G future development.

Analyst for 5G Markets, Leo Gergs, referred to how ABI’s study “shows that forbidding Huawei and ZTE from 5G arrangements and confining their admittance to silicon and semiconductor supply chains will have extreme ramifications on economic performance. Besides, restricting these Chinese companies will hamper 5G and 6G R&D.” 

5G is designed to provide high-speed data transfer at a large scale for future applications. However, since the Federal Communications Commission ordered the Chinese telecom goliaths Huawei and ZTE as the national security threat, it could repress their 5G plans.

Since, December 12, 2019, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the U.S. have chosen to ban Chinese company Huawei’s products. In 2020, the UK also annnounced that all Telecoms companies should stop using Huawei hardware in the 5G mobile network from Sept. The UK administration’s announcement came before the law was passed, which later banned the Chinese company from the telecom network.

Huawei has been a market leader in telecom infrastructure and hence is the largest buyer of such equipment. However, since the row over US national security threat, the outbreak of coronavirus, India- China border issue, and many more reasons, many nations have criticized China. It led to more imposed sanctions by the US or cut business ties with them by many nations. 

However, the future will tell if geopolitics will impact the global telecom supply or not. On Dec 15, 2020, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani, during a historic virtual ‘Collaborating for Digital India’ last year discussed the 4G and 5G technology, RIL-Facebook association, and the part businesses can play in building India’s future economy. 

The Facebook CEO praised Reliance for bringing the 4G revolution in India and that 5G was presently another big venture for the company.

United States continues talks to resolve Huawei CFO’s release from Canada
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United States continues talks to resolve Huawei CFO’s release from Canada

Huawei CFO’s release: The U.S. administration is continuing talks with Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, about finding a way to resolve her release if she agrees to the criminal fraud in the case against her, the Wall Street Journal detailed.

However, Trudeau told journalists that his main concern was the release of the two Canadian residents being detained in China. The two were arrested soon following the arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou in December 2018. 

Meng is fighting for extradition to the US over allegations of fraud and that Huawei breached US sanctions on Iran, in a case that has bittered the Canada-China relations.

 Under a suspended prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice, Meng would need to consent to some of the fraud charges against her, the Journal stated on Thursday. 

The two nations are planning to find a way for release before President Trump’s administration ends, although Meng is hesitant to concede to any agreement that would see her admit to her allegations, the Journal stated, referring to sources.

Following Meng’s arrest, China stopped imports of canola seed from Canada and also arrested two Canadian citizens on charges of spying. 

The move has pushed Canada into the center of a U.S.- China trade war, and Trudeau’s inability to get the release of Kovrig and Spavor has uncovered his minority government to rise pressure from opposition political parties who require Trudeau to take a harder stance on China. 

While Trudeau stated that “We will keep working hard for the return of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.”Two years is an extremely prolonged time to be in jail in China, or anyplace,” Trudeau stated at a press conference.” We will keep trying hard to get them back home.

However, Beijing has asserted that Meng’s arrest is a part of an attempt by Washington to sabotage Chinese tech giant Huawei, and has also urged Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng, who denies all allegations placed on her.

5G network, and how it affects geopolitics of technology

5G network, and how it affects geopolitics of technology

Countries across the globe are carrying out efforts to install next-generation 5G Technology. Notably, it is going to be one of the most geopolitically crucial technology projects ever initiated in the world.

The roll-out of 5G networks is a revolutionary leap from all 2G, 3G and 4G networks since it has been programmed to overcome all limits and constraints of its predecessors with advanced features such as machine to machine communication, ultra-low latency and high-speed data services among others. 

However, this changing landscape of geo-technology and global communication has resulted in a geopolitical conflict between China and US-led Western countries. As per reports, Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE are ready for large-scale deployment of their 5G networks at affordable prices.

But many countries including the United States are seeing this development as a security threat, expressing concerns over China’s increasing technological and economic influence in the global telecom industry. Eventually, global confrontations over the installation of the 5G network have led to technology and trade confrontations between world countries, with China and the US leading the blocs. 

It is important to note that the 5G network is bound to bring a new digital revolution across the various spectrum, shaping the economic, technological and geopolitical aspects between leading tech superpowers in the world. According to experts, 5G networks also present several security concerns, with major implications on cybercrimes. 

In July 2020, the UK government told British companies to remove Huawei’s equipment from their networks by 2027, adding that the decision was taken due to geopolitical factors. On June 30, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE Corporation as “national security threats”. 

Australia had already banned Huawei long back with the establishment of the Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms (TSSR) in a bid to prevent national security threats and help network carriers to protect their networks. India and Canada are reviewing their security implications and are yet to decide on the supply of Huawei equipment in their countries. 

In the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, the globe is facing unprecedented geopolitical contentions due to extensive technological transformation. On one hand, China is aiming to be the first country that designed the 5G technology, the US and other Western countries, on the other hand, are working on developing alternatives of the network and persuading their allies to ban Huawei technology.

This power dynamics over information and technology between leading superpowers is bound to shift agendas and disrupt multilateralism.

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