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Analysis Chinese telecom giant Huawei – the most prominent target of the Trump administration's decision to declare a national emergency to protect American IT infrastructure by banning technology provided by foreign adversaries – on Monday received a reprieve that allows it to do business with US suppliers.
But its days are numbered – Huawei has a license to do business with US suppliers until August 19. If that day arrives and the US and China have been unable to reach an agreement to resolve their trade differences, then not only will Huawei equipment be forbidden on US networks but the company and 68 of its foreign competitors will be denied the ability to buy from US suppliers.
Trump - Administration - US - Cyber - Defense
The Trump administration, backed by US cyber defense experts, believes that Huawei equipment can't be trusted, because of the company's ties to the Chinese government. With telecom companies building 5G networks around the globe, administration officials believe they have to act now.
"There are a lot of companies that do business with Huawei," said Scott Kennedy, director of the Project on Chinese Business & Political Economy for the Center Strategic & International Studies, in a phone interview with The Register. "There could be lots of collateral damage."
Consequence - Steven - Weber - Professor - Science
One possible consequence, Steven Weber, professor of political science and international relations at UC Berkeley, told The Register, is a world where boundaries are shaped more by technology standards than geographic features.
That is to say, we may be headed toward nationalized technology stacks that don't interoperate and nationalized supply chains. This defeats the entire purpose of an open internet.
Phones - Work - Weber - Law - Networks
"We all take it for granted that our phones work everywhere," said Weber. "But there's no law that says 5G networks have to operate on a global standard."
The collateral damage is already accumulating. Arm, Broadcom, Intel, Qualcomm, and Xilinx have reportedly directed...
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