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How the U.S. ban on Huawei is affecting business | TECH(feed)

Network World | Jun 4, 2019

The U.S. ban on Huawei business has already affected small telecom carriers in rural areas. And, unsurprisingly, Huawei responded to the ban with increased legal pressure. This fight is far from over, and Juliet has the latest updates in today’s episode of TECH(feed).

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Hey everyone welcome back to tech feed i’m juliet beauchamp. I know it’s been a little while since you’ve seen me. Today we’re talking even more about what seems to be my favorite topic: huawei. Yes, there’s more to the story. Stick around.

I don’t think anyone thought the huawei versus the united states drama was over, but it actually seems like it’s just getting started. So you might remember my story from the other week when i talked about how the united states government banned all business transactions with huawei. And businesses--huge, huge tech companies--responded. Google announced it would no longer allow its apps on future huawei phones. But there’s even more fallout to consider from this ban.

This all-out ban from the u-s may prompt multi-national businesses to take a closer look about whose tech is powering their networks. While those businesses may not necessarily be banned from using huawei equipment, this ban may raise concerns. Businesses that could especially be affected are those building wireless networks in developing countries. Huawei’s low prices and good equipment make it an attractive vendor for these types of businesses.

And that brings me to my next point: huawei sells its stuff for cheap. So this ban is already an issue for smaller providers that support earlier generation networks. Have you ever seen a commercial from a wireless provider and they show that map of the u-s pointing out coverage zones? If you’re like me and live in a fairly populated area, you probably haven’t given it any thought. I know i have plenty of choices when it comes to mobile providers. But some people aren’t so lucky. In rural areas with patchy cell coverage, small, local network providers are struggling now to build and maintain infrastructure without huawei’s inexpensive equipment. The ban affects rural telecom providers from expanding upon existing, not 5-g networks.

In response to this ban, huawei filed a motion to speed up its ongoing lawsuit against the u-s. The company was already suing in federal court in texas, but this motion to accelerate the proceedings could result in a faster ruling. And that ruling may decide whether or not it’s unconstitutional for the united states to bar huawei from doing business in the country. The u-s government says huawei equipment allegedly poses a security threat due to the company’s relationship with the chinese government. But huawei refutes these claims.

That was a lot of information, i know. I hope you got through it okay. And if you want to clarify what the original ban was about, we’ll link my video about it below, as well as some links so you can learn more about this story.

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. And let me know in the comments whether or not you think this ban is warranted--and how it’ll play out. See you next time.

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