In the midst of a war against Huawei, the United States and Donald Trump would like to ban all US operators from using network infrastructure provided by Chinese companies. It would be a strong message sent just before MWC 2019.
It has been several months since the legal wrangling between Huawei and the United States has taken on very large proportions. The Chinese company is under a lot of charges, and one of them regularly returns to the carpet: Washington suspects the manufacturer to be an espionage tool in the service of Beijing.
With this in mind, Huawei has been put a lot of sticks in the wheels hampering its development across the Atlantic and its network infrastructure is now prohibited. As a result, Huawei does not have the right to participate in the development of the 5G network in the United States.
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As we said in a previous article, this is above all a political and economic war at a distance between the two major world powers, the United States and China. This observation makes even more sense since we know that Donald Trump is preparing to sign a presidential decree prohibiting US operators to use a network equipment manufactured by a Chinese company. All telecommunications firms of the Middle Kingdom would be put in the same basket as Huawei.
According to Politico, the head of state is expected to sign the executive order sometime in the week of February 18. "There is a big effort to make this happen before the MWC," internal sources quoted by the news site said. Recall that the launch of the Mobile World Congress will be given in Barcelona on February 25 – but will be preceded by a few conferences during the weekend.
MWC under tension?
The MWC 2019 could thus take place in a very particular climate. By this decree, the United States would indeed send a message to all participants of the show to make them understand that they have an interest in complying with US requirements in terms of cybersecurity.
This is not the only strong message from the United States. Uncle Sam has already urged its allies, like Japan, to ban Huawei from their 5G infrastructure. In Europe, the European Commission is due to debate the issue at the end of February. This will not defuse potential tensions at the MWC.
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