The Fight Over 5G

Issue 22

06.08.20 - Huawei launched a major public relations campaign in the United Kingdom on Monday in a bid to persuade British politicians and the public that it can be trusted to help build the country's 5G network.

The Chinese telecom giant said it plans to take out a series of full-page advertisements in most of the UK's national newspapers and online for the next three to four weeks in a campaign it's calling "The Commitment."

It comes as the United Kingdom undertakes a new security review of the company, just four months after Prime Minister Boris Johnson shrugged off US objections and granted Huawei a limited role in building out the next generation of super-fast interconnected wireless networks.

Johnson had announced a 35% cap on Huawei's involvement in Britain's 5G network, but he's under pressure from some lawmakers within his own party to ban the Chinese telecommunications company altogether.

The US Commerce Department said last month it was moving to restrict Huawei's ability to manufacture and obtain semiconductor chips using American-made software and technology. The new UK review is looking into any impact the US restrictions could have on UK networks

Under Chinese law, Chinese companies can be ordered to act under the direction of Beijing. Huawei has consistently denied that it would help the Chinese government to spy, and says it is "100% owned by employees."

Source: BBC