Foreign Media: Sino-US Competition 5G, French and German Operators or Preventing China from ZTE

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 Foreign Media: Sino-US Competition 5G, French and German Operators or Preventing China from ZTE


Singapores Lianhe Zaobao website published a report on Dec. 14 entitled Huawei seems to be the next challenge for France alone. According to Bloomberg News, France is now entering an unfriendly situation with Huawei after the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand banned the Chinese companys network infrastructure products and Germany stepped up censorship. France will not ban Huawei. But France, which already has preventive measures for key components of the telecommunications network, is considering adding some projects to its highly vigilant list, which is tacitly targeted at Huawei.

Reported that Bloomberg interviewed 15 people, they understand the French President Mark Long to promote a substantial strengthening of supervision. With French telecom companies seeking suppliers to build 5G networks, the countrys telecom infrastructure parts market is shutting Huawei out by amending laws and regulatory rules, many of which are confidential.

Stephen Richard, chief executive of Orange, Frances largest telecom operator, said in a radio interview Wednesday that the company would not use Huawei devices in its 5G network because the French authorities demand caution.

Reported that the other two French operators also said that they will pay attention to the French National Information System Security Agency directives for 5G suppliers.

According to Agence France-Presse on December 14, Spanish Telephone Company, a network operator, told Agence France-Presse on December 14 that China Telecom giant ZTE lost its biggest contract in Germany because of growing resistance from Western countries to Chinese infrastructure manufacturers.

A company spokesman confirmed a report from German Business Daily that the contract will expire at the end of this year as originally planned.

Marcus Haas, chief executive of the German branch of Spanish Telephone Corporation, said the company would cooperate with a much smaller German company in the future, rather than with ZTE.

ZTE is currently planning to win a new contract with German Internet provider United Internet Corporation as Germany prepares to hold an auction of 5G spectrum licences, the German Business Daily reported.

Japan Economic News reported on December 15 that the blockade against Huawei, Chinas largest telecommunications equipment company, is tightening. After the United States, Australia and Japan also have the trend of excluding Huawei products. Huawei ranks first in the telecommunications base station market and second in the smartphone market. Semiconductor purchases alone amount to more than 1.5 trillion yen per year (100 yen, about 6.08 yuan).

According to Chinese media reports, Huawei also purchases large quantities of spare parts from American companies, with an annual purchasing volume of $1.8 billion for Qualcomm and $700 million for Intel.

Reported that in April, the U.S. government banned U.S. companies from trading with ZTE, Chinas second largest telecommunications equipment company, on the grounds of violating sanctions against Iran. Huaweis sales are more than five times that of ZTE. If countries further exclude Huaweis products, it will hit American and Japanese companies.

According to the website of American diplomats on December 13, the technological competition between China and the United States has reached its peak in recent months. In August, the Trump government signed a bill banning the use of Huawei and ZTE technologies.

Close allies of the United States, including Australia and New Zealand, have publicly banned Huawei from participating in the next 5G telecommunications network.

According to the report, these new global developments indicate that technology, especially the upcoming 5G network, will be the next frontline of competition between China and the United States.

First, 5G technology will support the next generation of digital applications, which are likely to provide impetus for future smart cities and the digital economy. Superpowers that have taken the lead in addressing many technological, political and policy challenges and successfully adopted the 5G network are likely to gain enormous economic advantages over other superpowers.

Second, the global sentiment that China may use its export technology for so-called cyber espionage stems from the United States. The US National Security Agency claims that Huawei and ZTE, the heavyweight companies in the technology industry and the leader in 5G technology, are potential national security threats.

Third, concerns about network security have prompted countries to focus on the leadership and policies of the United States on the future 5G network issues. In fact, countries that openly adopt American positions are either allies of the United States or close partners of the United States.

Reported that sooner or later the United States and China will convene separate allies to express their position on the integration of Huawei and ZTE technologies into the 5G network. This is already happening. It will create a de facto sphere of influence in Asia and elsewhere, reminiscent of the sphere of influence established by the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Its influence will exceed 5G and extend to the position of two more strategic superpowers on the international stage.

Huawei held a new product launch in Paris in March this year (Effective News Photo)

Source: Reference News Network Responsible Editor: Yao Liwei_NT6056