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All about the Huawei ban reversal | TECH(feed)

Network World | Jul 2, 2019

It was long speculated President Trump could use the Huawei ban as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China. And during the G20 summit, he did just that. Now that the Huawei ban has been reversed, what does this mean for tech companies? And how can those companies continue trading while also being aware of the security risk Huawei allegedly poses to the U.S.? In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet discusses the ban reversal and what it means for the future of 5G.

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Hey everyone welcome back to tech feed i’m juliet beauchamp. You guessed it--today i’m covering the changes to the huawei ban following the g-20 summit. Stick around.

Remember executive order that barred all business transactions between u-s companies and huawei? And remember the panic--and backlash from tech companies--that ensued? Well, no need to panic anymore.. President trump essentially reversed the ban as a part of trade talks with china at the g-20 summit this past weekend.

So let’s talk details of the reversal. In a win for big tech, president trump said u-s companies can sell products to huawei that don’t interfere with u-s national security--what his administration is calling quote general merchandise. So that’s a huge relief for companies like intel, micron and google. Intel and micron sell physical chips for huawei to use in its devices, and huawei phones run on google’s android operating system. It seems like business can return to normal for those companies.

Okay, if business can return to normal, then what was the point of the whole ban? Well, the ban began because of alleged security risks associated with huawei technology. But that never meant devices like phones or laptops. The u-s government’s case against huawei is that its wireless equipment could be used to spy on the united states. Huawei has denied this claim time and time again. But it seems like this ban reversal upholds those original security claims. Under the reversal, it doesn’t seem as though huawei equipment can be used as the united states builds 5-g networks. And that’s big, since huawei is a global leader in 5-g infrastructure.

So where does this reversal put u-s 5-g deployment? Well, frankly, it’s still where it always was. It’s unlikely any u-s telecom companies would have felt comfortable using huawei’s tech anywhere in their networks, so most have planned around the chinese company anyway. But not using huawei tech could put the u-s at a global disadvantage for 5-g. United states diplomats have lobbied against allies using huawei equipment, but most countries have ignored their requests. It’s likely the united states will lose the race to be the first country with widespread 5-g--and lose out on the innovation that could come with it.

Thanks for watching this episode of tech feed. If you liked this video be sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel. We won’t have a tech feed for the next week or so while we’re on vacation, so you have plenty of time to let me know what you think about the ban reversal--and are you surprised? See you next time.
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