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Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:55 AM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday Chinese tech giant Huawei was not excluded from the country's project to deploy the 5G telecoms network after the United States blocked the Chinese firm citing security matter.

"Our position is different from the Americans on this issue. We do not want to target one company or another," Le Maire said, arguing that "today, there are many operators working on 4G with Huawei."

Speaking to France info radio, the minister stressed France would make decisions to build 5G infrastructure based on internal security and technological performance.


TOKYO (Sputnik) - The United States has repeatedly called on South Korea to join a campaign against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei by avoiding using its products in the wake of Washington's decision to add the company to the list of companies considered as a threat to the US national security.

"The U.S. keeps telling the Foreign Ministry through various diplomatic channels that using Huawei products could create security problems," the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a diplomatic source.

According to the media outlet, a US State Department official has recently met a South Korean Foreign Ministry official, with the two sides having discussed the use of Huawei-made equipment by South Korean operator LG Uplus. The United States, in particular, insisted that the activity of the mobile operator must be restricted in certain areas in South Korea, presumably where US military facilities are located.


ARM technology is used in more than 130 billion chips worldwide and is ubiquitous in mobile devices, so losing access to the British company would be like losing a limb for China's embattled Huawei.


ARM, which employs more than 6,000 people, says its technology reaches 70 percent of the global population and is present in more than 130 billion chips shipped to date.

Those chips are installed not just in phones but in medical instruments, base stations and servers, according to the ARM website.

ARM is also spreading into interconnected home devices, the "internet of things", and that next-generation potential was a key factor behind Softbank's decision in 2016 to pay a hefty 24 billion pounds ($30 billion, 27 billion euros) to take it over.

"ARM is simply not replaceable. Global processors are all based on ARM's architecture," commented Avi Greengart, founder of US-based research firm Techsponential.

Huawei has the clout to build a new chipset architecture, "but it would literally take years and billions of dollars", he said.


Android is the go-to operating system for anyone who’s not into iOS, but that may not be the case forever. Samsung has been developing its own Tizen OS for some time now, and is even using it on some smartphones. Now, it could be Huawei’s turn: Multiple sources say Huawei is working on an Android alternative.

The latest rumors come from a Weibo post by Chinese magazine Caijing. The post claims the new OS would be capable of running Android apps natively, and it would be flexible enough to be used with smartphones, computers, tablets, TVs, and even cars.

The most notable news is that the OS is rumored to run Android apps natively — which means app developers wouldn’t have to to make significant changes to port their apps over to Huawei’s new operating system. As one of Android’s biggest strengths is its large array of apps, this would lessen the impact significantly, making it easier for users to keep their favorite apps on Huawei’s new OS.


Huawei Technologies Co said on Wednesday that it may launch a self-developed operating system later this year as the tech giant steps up efforts to enhance in-house software capabilities to offset the fallout from U.S. restrictions.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, said that the company's own operating system will be available "as early as this fall or next spring at the latest."


A PowerPoint published in Chinese social media suggested that professors from Shanghai Jiao Tong University have led the development of Huawei's operating system, which is likely to be named "Hong Meng," referring to the Chinese generation before the universe was formed.

"The system has made a lot of optimization on Linux, an open-source operating system, and has been applied into Huawei's smartphones," said the presentation, which has since been deleted.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei had said in an internal briefing that the company should develop its own operating system and chips to counter challenges from external providers.

However, industry insiders said that an app ecosystem is much more important than developing an operating system, as can be seen from the failure of Blackberry and Microsoft's self-developed mobile operating systems.

"It won't be a problem to create an ecosystem in the domestic market as Chinese consumers currently do not use the same apps as foreigners do. Also, Huawei can get help from Chinese tech leader Tencent which owns a huge app ecosystem," said an IT expert familiar with the matter who did not want to be named.


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:18 AM

In a draft Cybersecurity Review Measures document published on Friday by China’s Cyberspace Administration, operators of the country’s critical information infrastructure, including major telecommunications network operators and financial service providers, would be required to evaluate the national security risk when purchasing foreign products and services.

“China could use [the draft regulation] to block US tech purchases on the basis of national security,” said Samm Sacks, cybersecurity policy and China digital economy fellow at New America, a non-partisan think tank in the US.

“This appears to be responding to new far-reaching US government powers introduced in the executive order.”


With China’s possible retaliatory move on US companies with the draft regulation, experts say the world is heading down a path of two distinct technology-based ecosystems where China pushes out US companies and the US pushes out Chinese companies.

The draft measures, which have been published online for public feedback until June 24, are part of a security review tied to implementation of China’s cybersecurity law which came into effect in June 2017.

The draft does not provide a detailed list of what could be considered as a security risk, other than to provide some examples such as “leaking, lost and cross-border transfer of key data” and “supply chain security threat”.

“The regulatory opacity means that officials have quite a lot of flexibility in how they want to implement this – meaning it could be applied to US firms in a way that embodies ‘qualitative measures’ as part of China’s trade war response,” said Nick Marro, Hong Kong-based analyst with The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Marro, whose focus includes Chinese foreign policy, said the compliance burden for foreign companies would be high because they will not know what information is required for each review and which one is more important.


As the global tech industry surveys the fallout from the US assault on China’s Huawei, cautious optimism is growing in Seoul that a hit to the world’s biggest telecoms equipment company could be a boon for Samsung Electronics.

The South Korean technology group, one of the world’s biggest producers of smartphones and computer chips, has until now struggled in a global network equipment market that is increasingly dominated by Huawei.

But analysts said that might soon change after the latest moves by the Trump administration to curb the sale of US-made components to the Chinese company.

“If the biggest player is having serious issues in all the major foreign markets . . . then naturally Samsung’s prospects will go up,” said Sanjeev Rana, a Seoul-based analyst with CLSA.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:22 AM

Washington’s move to blacklist Huawei is set to hit about 1,200 US suppliers to the Chinese telecoms group, including companies that provide most of the backbone of the company’s cyber security system.

Senior executives told the Financial Times that the Trump administration’s decision to add the Chinese group and 68 affiliates to its prohibitive “entity list”, which in effect bars US companies from selling to them, would have ramifications beyond Huawei.

The ban is due to come into force in mid-August, following a three-month reprieve granted by Donald Trump, the US president, to allow American companies to manage the disruption.

Huawei, which is already facing the prospect of being shut out of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, warned that the impact of the ban could extend beyond handsets to software used in its equipment and other businesses.

“It is a huge impact but not a crisis because we have been preparing for this since a long time ago,” said Dang Wenshuan, Huawei’s chief strategy architect, in an interview.

Huawei’s vulnerabilities to a sudden loss of access to US suppliers include two critical areas: cyber security and semiconductors, according to people with knowledge of the company’s operations.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:51 PM

Back in the 1980s, Japan was portrayed as the greatest economic threat to the United States, and allegations of intellectual property theft were only part of Americans' vilification. Thirty years later, Americans have made China the villain, when, just like three decades ago, they should be looking squarely in the mirror.

NEW HAVEN – “When governments permit counterfeiting or copying of American products, it is stealing our future, and it is no longer free trade.” So said US President Ronald Reagan, commenting on Japan after the Plaza Accord was concluded in September 1985. Today resembles, in many respects, a remake of this 1980s movie, but with a reality-television star replacing a Hollywood film star in the presidential leading role – and with a new villain in place of Japan.

Back in the 1980s, Japan was portrayed as America’s greatest economic threat – not only because of allegations of intellectual property theft, but also because of concerns about currency manipulation, state-sponsored industrial policy, a hollowing out of US manufacturing, and an outsize bilateral trade deficit. In its standoff with the US, Japan ultimately blinked, but it paid a steep price for doing so – nearly three “lost” decades of economic stagnation and deflation. Today, the same plot features China.


When Reagan took office in January 1981, the net domestic saving rate stood at 7.8% of national income, and the current account was basically balanced. Within two and a half years, courtesy of Reagan’s wildly popular tax cuts, the domestic saving rate had plunged to 3.7%, and the current account and the merchandise trade balances swung into perpetual deficit. In this important respect, America’s so-called trade problem was very much of its own making.

Yet the Reagan administration was in denial. There was little or no appreciation of the link between saving and trade imbalances. Instead, the blame was pinned on Japan, which accounted for 42% of US goods trade deficits in the first half of the 1980s. Japan bashing then took on a life of its own with a wide range of grievances over unfair and illegal trade practices. Leading the charge back then was a young Deputy US Trade Representative named Robert Lighthizer.

Fast-forward some 30 years and the similarities are painfully evident. Unlike Reagan, President Donald Trump did not inherit a US economy with an ample reservoir of saving. When Trump took office in January 2017, the net domestic saving rate was just 3%, well below half the rate at the onset of the Reagan era. But, like his predecessor, who waxed eloquently of a new “morning in America,” Trump also opted for large tax cuts – this time to “make America great again.”


Like the Japan bashing of the 1980s, today’s outbreak of China bashing has been conveniently excised from America’s broader macroeconomic context. That is a serious mistake. Without raising national saving – highly unlikely under the current US budget trajectory – trade will simply be shifted away from China to America’s other trading partners. With this trade diversion likely to migrate to higher-cost platforms around the world, American consumers will be hit with the functional equivalent of a tax hike.

Ironically, Trump has summoned the same Robert Lighthizer, veteran of the Japan trade battles of the 1980s, to lead the charge against China. Unfortunately, Lighthizer seems as clueless about the macro argument today as he was back then.

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 09:19 AM

Beijing on Wednesday set up a 5 billion yuan ($724 million) fund to spur development of the fifth-generation or 5G mobile technology industry, its latest effort to gain an edge in the commercialization of 5G tech.

The fund was established jointly by the Beijing Science and Technology Innovation Investment Management Co Ltd, Beijing Yizhuang International Investment and Development Co Ltd and State-owned China Jianyin Investment Ltd. It will focus on investing in leading high-tech firms across the entire 5G industrial chain.

"At present, 5G has become the driving force to boost China's innovative and high-quality development," Sui Zhenjiang, vice-mayor of Beijing, said on Wednesday during a 5G industrial development and investment summit held in Yizhuang, in southeastern Beijing.

"Beijing is actively transforming itself as a national scientific and technological innovation center. With advantages in complete telecom infrastructure, abundant talent and strong research and development capabilities, we have the resolve to accelerate the push for making breakthroughs in 5G technologies and build an independent and innovative 5G industrial system," Sui said.

As of May 24, the three major telecom operators-China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom-have established 4,700 5G base stations in Beijing, according to Wang Gang, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology.


An internal email circulating on Chinese social media platform Weibo shows the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) saying that they cannot use colleagues from Huawei as reviewers or editors for the peer-review process of their journals.

According to the attached FAQ document, Huawei colleagues can still be on their Editorial Boards, but cannot handle any papers until the company is removed from the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) list.

As the world's largest technical professional organization, IEEE has more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries and has a reputation for highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities

But this time, their move has sparked huge outcry among academia.


Huawei reportedly launched its 5G lab in South Korea on Thursday, but opted to keep it quiet in the wake of a US ban.

The lab is the embattled Chinese telecom's first open next-generation wireless network development center where other companies can test their platforms, but media weren't invited to Thursday's event, according to Reuters.

Instead, it chose to restrict the invitations to anonymous Korean tech and enterprise bosses, the outlet reported. Huawei apparently plans to invest $5 million in the lab, which is located in Seoul.


Huawei could play a role in the ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, but the Chinese tech giant has to stop working with Iran, Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, said Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors have lodged criminal charges against Huawei, alleging that the company lied about its dealings with Iran — which is the subject of an aggressive pressure campaign and sanctions from President Donald Trump’s administration.

Short told CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” on Wednesday morning that “it’s possible” that Huawei “gets included in a trade deal” with China.

But he quickly cautioned that Huawei is “more or less a wholly owned subsidiary of the Communist Party of China. And the reality is, what Huawei has been doing, the reason there are sanctions on it now, is because they’ve been facilitating, aiding the government in Iran with technology.”

“That’s why the recent sanctions were applied to Huawei. So, they need to stop those actions, stop cooperating with Iran at this time if they want to actually work with the United States.”


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:20 AM

China says Canada needs to be aware of the consequences of aiding the United States in a case involving the Chinese tech giant Huawei that is believed to have sparked the detentions of two Canadians in China.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang's comments Friday came after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.


"We hope that the Canadian side can have a clear understanding of the consequences of endangering itself for the gains of the U.S. and take immediate actions to correct its mistakes so as to spare itself the suffering from growing damage," Geng said at a daily news briefing.

Asked about Pence's comments that U.S. President Donald Trump would speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the detained Canadians at a G20 meeting in Japan in June, Geng implied Canada was to blame for its problems in China.


Odds of the U.S. and China cooling off their trade war further diminished on Friday after the world’s most populous nation said it would create a list of “unreliable” foreign firms of its own.

Gao Feng, a spokesman of China’s commerce ministry, said today that the nation will create an “entity list” that will include, in part, foreign companies that have stopped or curtailed their businesses with Chinese firms.

“Foreign enterprises, organisations or individuals that do not comply with market rules, deviate from a contract’s spirit or impose blockades or stop supplies to Chinese enterprises for non-commercial purposes, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, will be included on a list of ‘unreliable entities’,” he was quoted as saying by state-owned local media.


With help from Huawei, British cellular provider EE officially launched 5G networks in six cities across the UK on Thursday, including Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

The Internet speed could reach 100-150 Mbps in the busiest area under the EE's sole C-Band 40MHz frequency spectrum based on the test result after the launch, according to Huawei.

On the same day, the BBC made a demonstration of the power of 5G by conducting the world's first live broadcast over 5G.

The live broadcast was supported by Huawei equipment which appeared in a video posted by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones before he went live.


Data showed that Chinese investment in Canada dropped by half as diplomatic clashes escalated from the beginning of this year following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou after an extradition request by the U.S..

Investment in the IT sector fell 94 percent to $26 million in 2018 compared with a year earlier.

According to Chinese Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye, diplomatic relations have hit "rock bottom" and are at a "freezing point" since the December arrest of Meng.

"This is really unfortunate, since this is the result of actions taken by a third country, i.e., not the result of actions initiated by either Canada or China," said Yves Tiberghien, director at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research and executive director of the UBC China Council.


Earlier, Microsoft halted the sale of top-of-the-line Huawei MateBook X Pro laptops made by the Chinese tech giant in its online store, bowing to Washington's decision to ban the company from US soil.

As the trade war between the US and China continues, Beijing plans to ditch Microsoft's Windows OS, currently used by the county's military, and replace it with a home-made analogue, Forbes reported. China reportedly fears that the US might use Windows' vulnerabilities to hack into its military network.

The People’s Liberation Army's Internet Security Information Leadership Group (ISILG) will reportedly take on the task of creating a replacement for the Microsoft OS and UNIX system, also used by the Chinese military. China has previously already mulled such an option, regarding the Linux-based "Red Flag" OS as a possible replacement for Microsoft's system. However, these ideas have not seen much development so far.


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 12:57 PM

VANCOUVER -- As wildfires raged near the central British Columbia community of Lac la Hache, emergency officials struggled to transmit life-saving information to residents.

Slow and spotty internet meant some people couldn't download maps telling them where dangerous fires had broken out in the summer of 2017, said Al Richmond, director of the electoral area that contains the town.

"So much of the information we send out is very detailed and in large packages, so if you have slow internet service it takes a great deal of time to get that," Richmond said.

The community will soon have faster wireless service through a trial project from ABC Communications using Huawei Technologies equipment. The Chinese company is pushing ahead with a strategy to enhance connectivity in rural and northern Canada, despite the political firestorm surrounding its presence in Western markets.

While much of the debate has focused on whether Huawei should participate in building the next generation of wireless technology in Canada, known as 5G, the company's already extensive presence in the country's 3G and 4G networks has faced less scrutiny.

Huawei is continuing to supply equipment to improve internet access in underserved markets. Remote communities and telecommunications companies are eager to install the technology, but a security expert says Canada should be wary of Huawei expanding its influence.

"There are security concerns relating to Huawei generally as a corporation," said Richard Fadden, a former national security adviser to the prime minister. "Everything they do and all their technology is susceptible to being used by the security authorities of the Chinese state.

"The older the equipment, the more focused it is, the more limited it is, the lesser the threat. But I would argue that the issue isn't only 5G ... it's the idea that Huawei, as a Chinese corporation, is required by Chinese law to assist the Chinese security authorities."


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 08:28 AM

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd plans to sell its undersea telecom cable business, showed a buyer’s filing on Monday, in its first major asset sale since the United States ratcheted up accusations of the Chinese firm being a vehicle for espionage.


China will soon grant 5G licenses for commercial use, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Monday.

China's 5G industry has built a competitive edge by combining independent innovation and open cooperation, the MIIT said, adding that 5G standards are unified international standards jointly established by global industry players and China now owns more than 30 percent of the standard essential patents for the technology.


Huawei has been caught in an intensifying trade war between the United States and China, with President Donald Trump moving to blacklist the Chinese manufacturer over national security concerns.

But Eman Liu, president of Huawei’s global transportation business unit, said the company’s aviation business was untouched so far.

Huawei provides information and communication technology solutions to more than 50 airports and 15 airlines around the world, including Dubai Airports and the Changi Airport Group in Singapore.

Its services include video surveillance and airport cloud systems as well as wifi services and storage servers.

“Until now, there is no effect,” Liu told AFP on the sidelines of the annual International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference in Seoul.


IEEE Lifts Restrictions on Editorial and Peer Review Activities

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce applied export control restrictions to Huawei Technology Ltd. and 68 of its affiliates. IEEE issued a statement regarding compliance and stated if the U.S. government clarified the application of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations with respect to peer review IEEE would provide an update to the IEEE community.

IEEE has received the requested clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce on the applicability of these export control restrictions to IEEE’s publication activities. Based on this new information, employees of Huawei and its affiliates may participate as peer reviewers and editors in our publication process. All IEEE members, regardless of employer, can continue to participate in all of the activities of the IEEE.


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:08 AM

India's Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will auction airwaves in fifth generation, or "5G," and other bands and begin trials in the next 100 days.


China's technology giant, Huawei, and the African Union (AU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to consolidate their information and communication technology (ICT) cooperation.

The MoU primarily aims at strengthening partnership between the two sides on broadband, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, 5G and artificial intelligence, according to a statement issued by Huawei late Friday.

The MoU covers ICT project management and delivery in support of African continental ICT development, including cybersecurity, e-health, e-education and other related applications.

Signed for a three-year period by Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the deputy chairperson of the AU Commission, and Philippe Wang, Huawei's vice-president for northern Africa, the latest agreement builds on an MoU signed in February 2015, the statement said.

It aims to establish closer collaboration and information exchange between Huawei and the AU.


BEIJING -- China's government will as early as this month allow the nation's three leading wireless carriers to operate 5G communication networks, accelerating the rollout of an estimated $180 billion in nationwide investments, industry watchers said.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Monday that it will issue 5G licenses "soon," the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Sources at the ministry said the initial approval will go to state-owned China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, which have more than 1.5 billion combined subscribers.


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 09:33 AM

The FCC revealed the list of winning bidders Monday. In all, the 24GHz auction included 2,909 licenses in 416 Partial Economic Areas. Each license includes 100MHz of spectrum in the 24GHz band. With some small exceptions, there were seven 100MHz blocks available in each of the 416 areas auctioned.

US Cellular will also spend $126.6 million for 282 licenses in 102 areas that it won in the 24GHz auction. Starry—a wireless home Internet provider—won 104 licenses in 51 areas for $48.5 million. Windstream was the next highest bidder, spending $20.4 million for 116 licenses in 40 markets.

The FCC completed the 24GHz auction despite warnings from NASA, NOAA, and the US Navy that using this specific frequency will harm weather forecasts.

"That's because water vapor emits a faint signal in the atmosphere at a frequency (23.8GHz) that is extremely close to the one sold for next-generation 5G wireless communications (24GHz)," Wired noted. Meteorologists are concerned that 5G signals in the adjacent spectrum block will make it harder to spot evidence of water vapor.


The 100MHz- and 425MHz-sized licenses contain a lot more spectrum than licenses sold in previous auctions focused on 4G. For example, an FCC auction in 2016 and 2017 included a total of 70MHz for licensed use inside the 600MHz band, and the FCC auctioned that off in blocks of 10MHz each. The 4G LTE specification supports blocks of up to 20MHz each.

5G will work on the lower-band spectrum carriers use for 4G. But the 5G hype mostly centers on the use of high-frequency bands, which can produce faster speeds simply because there's more unused spectrum in the higher bands.

The sheer amount of spectrum available in higher frequencies comes with a major tradeoff—the signals don't travel as far and are easily blocked by walls and other obstacles. That's why carriers sought sub-1GHz spectrum to cover the entire US with 4G networks.

T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray recently warned that 5G networks using the higher millimeter-wave frequencies "will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments."

After Verizon's early launch of 5G in Chicago, reviewers testing the network found speeds of more than 600Mbps in some areas but had trouble even finding signals when they weren't near a tower. Verizon's Chicago 5G service uses spectrum in the 28GHz range.


One prominent telecom industry analyst is skeptical of carriers' large investments in 5G networks. "The hype is so preposterously misaligned with economic reality that inevitably there's going to be this disastrous crash in expectations and people are going to call it a failure," Craig Moffett, founding partner at MoffettNathanson Research, told Axios.

While Moffett called 5G "an impressive next step for the network," he also said that "there isn't actually a revenue use case for 5G yet," making it hard to justify a giant investment to shareholders.


Huawei's inked a deal to help with Russia's 5G network.

The embattled Chinese telecom will work with Russian counterpart MTS to develop the country's next-generation cellular network over the next year.

Huawei Chairman Guo Ping and MTS boss Alexei Kornya signed the agreement in the Kremlin on Wednesday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping watching.

"We both add momentum to strategic cooperation between the two companies in high tech, thus building a foundation for commercial 5G rollouts in Russia in the nearest future," Kornya said in an emailed statement.


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President Donald Trump has suggested that the US approach to Huawei could be a bargaining chip in trade negotiations. By confusing national security threats with leverage, the Trump administration surrenders the moral high ground that has been the foundation of US strength for many decades. Even if heavy-handed tactics appear successful in some cases, small victories come at the price of hard-earned global leadership and the singular power to shape global norms. We can and must take steps to protect our national security. But using those measures as bullying tactics to extract trade commitments abandons important legal and policy values.


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 07:52 PM

Now the extradition court case will carry on until November 2021. The only people profiting here are the lawyers.


I hope they quickly find that her arrest was unlawful and send her back to China.

Life's a journey......so roll down the window and enjoy the breeze.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:46 AM

^ the details seem to be in today's TC

VANCOUVER — An extradition hearing will begin in January for a top executive of the Chinese tech company Huawei wanted by the U.S on fraud charges.

British Columbia's Supreme Court on Thursday accepted a proposal by Meng Wanzhou's defence team to start her hearing Jan. 20, more than a year after she was taken into custody at Vancouver's airport. Defence lawyer David Martin said the schedule could allow the case to wrap up within two years, which he says would be a "record" for such a complicated case.


Banning Huawei and fellow Chinese equipment maker ZTE from Europe's roll-out of 5G telecom networks would cost EU mobile operators up to 55 billion euros ($62 billion), according to an industry body's internal assessment seen by AFP Friday.

The operators would also face delays of up to 18 months in getting next-generation 5G out to their customers, according to the impact assessment drawn up by the GSM Association, which represents mobile network operators around the world.


Facebook said Friday it has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with U.S. restrictions, a move that deals a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant.

The social network said it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its devices while it reviews recently introduced U.S. sanctions.


Google apparently has warned the Trump administration that its Huawei ban could endanger US national security.

The search giant's senior executives are pushing for an exemption from the Huawei blacklisting that basically banned US companies from doing business with the Chinese company, according to the Financial Times, which cited three anonymous sources.

They're worried that that the ban would stop them from updating Android on Huawei's phones, potentially prompting the company to develop its own version of the operating system, the report said. Huawei's Android alternative -- reportedly called "Hongmeng" -- would be easier to hack, the execs reckon.


The US has banned the Chinese tech giant from its market and blocked it from acquiring US-made technologies amid an ongoing trade war between Beijing and Washington, claiming that Huawei is helping the Chinese government spy on users of its equipment. The tech firm vehemently denies these accusations.

The US move to blacklist Huawei and cut it off from American technologies, including software and chips, could hinder the deployment of 5G networks globally and impose heavy costs on some telecommunications companies, analysts at Barclays warned in a recent report, cited by the City AM media outlet.


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 10:35 AM

The international body responsible for setting 5G standards has warned that the US move to blacklist Chinese telecoms group Huawei could have “a dramatic impact” on future standardisation, with analysts warning it could lead to a bifurcation in development of the next-generation wireless technology.

Adrian Scrase, who heads up the 3GPP’s permanent support team, said: “We cannot speculate on what will happen, but if the current situation prevails — this could have a dramatic impact on future standardisation.”

Analysts see several risks, including a fracturing of the global standard setting system and a return to a bifurcated market — much as China’s great firewall has created a “splinternet” of what was conceived of as borderless cyber space.

Huawei and other Chinese groups already play a leading role in standard setting. Georg Mayer, an executive at the telecoms group, leads one of three divisions that decides on technical specifications at 3GPP, the standards body. The Shenzhen-based company also owns more 5G standard essential patents for the technology than any other company, according to market intelligence group IPlytics.


US officials have been pressing Latin American countries to replicate Washington’s decision to exclude Huawei from its 5G networks, diplomats say, warning the company could be used by Beijing in snooping activities.

But Brazil, under rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro, an ally of US counterpart Donald Trump, has led the resistance. Hamilton Mourão, Brazil’s deputy president, said his government saw “Huawei with good eyes” while visiting Beijing with a business delegation in late May.

“Huawei is established in Brazil and will make more investments,” he said, adding that Huawei representatives had come to his Brasília office in May to present their expansion plans.

Brazil, Mexico and Argentina — Latin America’s three largest economies — are due to decide this year or in early 2020 whether they will allow Huawei to participate in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure in their countries.


As the US leads a drive for the West to shun Huawei over security fears, the Chinese tech giant has sought to strengthen its position in Africa, where it is already well-established.


But will the escalating fight lead to African nations having to choose between China—the continent's top trade partner—and the US?

"For African countries this trade war may end up a binary choice. It will be very difficult for Africa to just ignore" it, said Aly-Khan Satchu, an independent economic analyst based in Nairobi.

'Very aggressive strategy'

Huawei, now a major factor in US-Chinese tensions, has looked to strengthen its ties in Africa, last week signing an agreement to reinforce its cooperation with the African Union.

"This was a way to show that Huawei is still present in Africa and that they want to remain a major player by positioning themselves in this very important growth sector," said Ruben Nizard, an economist and Sub-Saharan Africa specialist at the French financial services firm Coface.


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 08:05 AM

The Trump administration seems to have abandoned any pretense that its war on Huawei is completely unrelated to the trade talks with China.

Trump's economic team were at pains to separate the issue from the ongoing trade negotiations following the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in December.

That gameplan now seems to have been all but dropped, however, after Steven Mnuchin doubled down on interventions from Donald Trump on the Huawei issue.

In an interview with Reuters, the Treasury Secretary dropped a heavy hint that America's blacklisting of Huawei was a bargaining chip in the trade war with China.

"I think what the president is saying is, if we move forward on trade, that perhaps he'll be willing to do certain things on Huawei if he gets comfort from China on that and certain guarantees," Mnuchin said.


Russel T. Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, requested a two-year reprieve for Huawei, according to The Wall Street Journal. Vought reportedly sent a letter dated June 4 to Vice President Mike Pence and nine members of Congress saying the ban would cause a "dramatic reduction" in companies that supply the government. It would also affect companies in rural areas that receive federal grants and loans, and who use more Huawei technology, according to the Journal.

Vought reportedly requested a span of four years, rather than two, from the passage of the NDAA before the Chinese company tech is barred from US government usage. A spokesperson for the office told the Journal that this request wouldn't go against the policy of Huawei no longer being allowed to do business in the US.

"This is about ensuring that companies who do business with the US government or receive federal grants and loans have time to extricate themselves from doing business with Huawei and other Chinese tech companies listed in the NDAA," the spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.


Huawei is testing its own operating system, to be named "HongMeng OS" for the China market or "Oak OS" for the overseas market, which is likely to be launched in the third quarter of 2019, a source close to the matter told the Global Times on Friday.

Richard Yu Chengdong, head of Huawei's consumer business, confirmed earlier its "HongMeng OS" is likely to be launched this fall.

The system could be rolled out as early as August and September, according to sources.


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Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:19 AM

BEIJING, China – China on Friday, June 14, launched an investigation into FedEx for "failing to deliver express packages" to the correct addresses in the country, state media said, after the US delivery service misrouted some Huawei parcels.

FedEx apologized earlier this month for the delivery mishap after Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said it was reviewing its ties with the package service over the incident.

The US delivery firm said at the time that "no external parties requested that FedEx transfer these packages".

"China's relevant government department has started an investigation into FedEx, delivering a notice of inquiry to FedEx China on Friday," reported Chinese official news agency Xinhua on Friday, without specifying which department.


BEIJING, China – Canada should take the "entire responsibility" for a spiralling diplomatic row, China said Thursday, June 13, after Ottawa said Beijing had spurned a request for dialogue.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since December when police in Vancouver detained Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a US arrest warrant.

Days later China arrested two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – in what is widely seen as a tit-for-tat move.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office said Wednesday, June 12, that China had ignored a request made in January for a call with Premier Li Keqiang to "personally advocate" for the immediate release of the two Canadians, and for clemency in the case of another citizen sentenced to death for drug trafficking.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday he had not heard of the approach.


The FCC recently auctioned spectrum in the 24GHz band under controversial circumstances, as experts from other federal agencies warned that cellular transmissions in that band may significantly reduce the accuracy of weather forecasts.

When asked about the controversy at yesterday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Pai said that data provided by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is faulty. He also criticized the agencies for raising concerns "at the 11th hour."

Calling NOAA's study "fundamentally flawed," Pai said, "For example, it ignores the fact that 5G will involve beamforming, essentially adaptive antenna arrays that will more precisely send 5G signals—sort of a rifle shot, if you will, instead of a shotgun blast of 5G spectrum."

Water vapor and weather sensors

The 24GHz-band spectrum purchased by AT&T, T-Mobile, and other carriers ranges from 24.25GHz to 25.25GHz.

Water vapor emits radiation at 23.8GHz. NASA and NOAA scientists are worried that sensors won't be able to pick up these faint signals because of interference from 5G transmissions in the adjacent 24GHz band; a US Navy memo also raises this concern. The agencies say this could reduce the accuracy of forecasts for hurricanes and other storms.

Pai stressed that the 5G spectrum "is separated from the passive weather sensors in question by over 250MHz." The FCC's proposed emission limits for the spectrum are "appropriate for protection of passive weather sensors," he said.


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The Huawei export ban has claimed another victim. The embattled Chinese company told CNBC that it is now delaying perhaps its most anticipated product, the $2,600 Mate X foldable smartphone. Huawei's official explanation is that it wants to avoid a Samsung Galaxy Fold-level launch disaster, so the company is holding the device back for more tuning. But the Trump administration's export ban is undoubtedly a contributing factor. That policy has shut Huawei off from so many suppliers that it could not launch a new smartphone right now if it wanted to. Huawei cancelled a laptop launch just a few days ago, in fact.


Huawei was planning to announce a new MateBook laptop this week, but an executive confirmed that the company cancelled the launch because of US sanctions against the Chinese company. It's not clear when—or whether—the laptop will be released.

The US has banned sales of technology to Huawei, which uses Intel chips and the Windows operating system in its MateBook PCs. Huawei "planned to unveil the new Windows laptop at the CES Asia 2019 trade show in Shanghai this week" but "indefinitely postponed" the launch because of the US export ban, The Information reported yesterday.

Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu subsequently confirmed the cancellation to CNBC. "We cannot supply the PC," Yu said, calling it "unfortunate," according to CNBC.


United Kingdom telecom operator Vodafone will launch its 5G network services in 15 Spanish cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, on Saturday in cooperation with Chinese tech company Huawei Technologies Co.

The announcement means that Huawei is steadily securing votes of confidence from foreign companies despite the United States government's crackdown on the world's largest telecom equipment maker.

Vodafone said the move makes Spain one of a handful of countries in the world to commercialize the superfast technology and its 5G network will offer download speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second.

A Vodafone spokesman told AFP the company will use telecom gear from Huawei and the Swedish manufacturer Ericsson to distribute the mobile service which would eventually power critical applications such as autonomous driving or remote surgeries in the future.

The development came shortly after Huawei devices were used for the first 5G live-streaming in the UK in May.


Amid an ongoing row between Huawei and the US, evolving around Washington’s allegations that the Chinese tech giant poses a security threat because of its ties with Beijing, it turns out that a UK-based subsidiary of a Chinese company is part of the supply chain for Lockheed Martin’s fighters, flown by the Americans and its allies.

England-based Exception PCB (which stands for printed circuit boards), whose parent company is China’s Shenzhen Fastprint, produces circuit boards for the US-UK next-generation F-35 fighter, the British broadcaster Sky reports, citing publicity materials from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Among other things, its March publication Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Action Plan specifically mentioned that Exception PCB is part of the F-35 supply chain.


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:53 AM

European telecom equipment makers Ericsson and Nokia are wining key 5G contracts in China, a move that analysts said showcases the country's open attitude to all international players when rolling out the superfast technology.

The news came after China Mobile, the world's largest telecom operator by mobile subscribers, announced it has awarded its first round of 5G network equipment contracts worth around $2 billion.

China Mobile procured 153 units of MME telecom equipment from Swedish company Ericsson, which account for 34 percent of the company's procurements. Nokia provided 56 units, accounting for 12 percent.

When it comes to SAE telecom equipment, Ericsson provided 231 units, accounting for 34 percent of China Mobile's business, with Nokia offering 60 units, equivalent to around 9 percent of the overall procurements.


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TEHRAN (FNA)- Highly concerned over an imminent loss of billions of dollars in trade with Huawei, Silicon Valley giants have been quietly lobbying the administration of US President Donald Trump to ease its ban on sales of components to the Chinese tech firm.

Huawei spent about $11 billion last year buying components from dozens of US companies, including chips from Qualcomm, as well as software from Microsoft and Google. American firms are set to lose that business once their 90-day temporary licenses, granted following Washington’s blacklisting of Huawei and 70 of its subsidiaries, expire on August 20.

To prevent that from happening, major US chip makers such as Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx have quietly lobbied the Commerce Department to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese firm, Reuters reported, citing anonymous industry sources.

"This isn’t about helping Huawei. It’s about preventing harm to American companies," the source added.

While the details of the negotiations have not been revealed, Huawei stressed that it has not asked its American business partners to lobby on their behalf.

“They’re doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers,” Andrew Williamson, Huawei's vice president of public affairs, explained, noting that losing the Chinese market will have “catastrophic” consequences for some of them.


SHENZEN, China – The founder of Huawei said Monday the embattled Chinese telecom giant would slash production over the next two years as it grapples with a US push to isolate the company internationally.

"In the coming two years, the company will cut production by $30 billion," Ren Zhengfei said during a panel discussion at corporate headquarters in Shenzhen.

Huawei earned just over $100 billion in revenue in 2018.

But Ren, who compared Huawei to damaged aircraft, added that he expected the company to get back on its previous trajectory by 2021.

"In 2021, we will regain our vitality and (continue to) provide services to human society," he said.


China's tech giant Huawei will invest 100 billion U.S. dollars in the next five years to make network infrastructure more efficient and reliable, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said Monday.

Despite the financial blows the company is bearing, Ren said there was no plan to reduce research spending and promised to make more contributions to theoretical science in the future.


Chile will not exclude Chinese telecom company Huawei from its choice of service providers, according to a senior Trade Ministry official of Latin American country, Japanese media reported on Monday.

Speaking to Nikkei Asian Review, a Tokyo-based financial publication, Chilean Vice-Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yanez Benitez said his country is "receptive of concerns that some trading partners have", referring to the U.S. war on telecom giant Huawei.

"We have listened carefully to all of them," said Benitez, who was in Japan to attend a ministerial G20 meeting ahead of Osaka summit on June 28-29.

However, Chile, he said, was a "small and highly competitive and open economy."

Therefore, "we have no exclusions for countries when it comes to considering their technology," Benitez stated.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:21 AM

China announced on Wednesday that it will build a world-class manufacturing cluster for rare-earth functional materials in the Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei Province, a significant move that industry insiders said signals policymakers' determination to dominate key technologies of the rare-earth sector that is deemed as China's leverage amid a lingering trade war.

The Hebei Innovation Center for Rare-earth Functional Material Production was set up in Xiongan on Tuesday, according to a post on the official WeChat account of the Xiongan governing body. The center was set up by a company founded by six centrally administrated state-owned enterprises and seven listed companies.

The announcement came ahead of a widely anticipated meeting between Chinese and US leaders in Japan later this month. Chinese rare-earth industry insiders have repeatedly called for a ban on rare-earth exports to the US as a countermeasure against US tariffs.


United States Senator Marco Rubio's proposed legislation to prevent Huawei from suing for patent fees in U.S. courts disrespects intellectual property ownership and severely infringes on the Chinese company's legitimate rights, analysts said.

If the bill is passed, it will set a very bad precedent that disrupts the global intellectual property system and damages the U.S. government's self-proclaimed righteousness concerning patents, they added.


Erick Robinson, a U.S. patent attorney and former in-house counsel at Qualcomm and Red Hat, said in a post on Twitter that this is "not just dumb, but dangerous".

"Aside from being arguably unconstitutional, such a move would destroy forever any U.S. moral high ground argument (regarding) IP with China or anyone," Robinson said, adding this is his own view and does not represent any companies he works for.


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 07:37 AM

The US Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese tech entities Friday in a new move against Beijing's supercomputing industry likely to raise tensions ahead of a meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping next week.

The notice targets Sugon—a prominent Chinese supercomputer manufacturer—along with three of its microchip subsidiaries and a computing institute owned by the People's Liberation Army.

All of the entities will be effectively barred from obtaining US technology after the government determined they were "acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States."


China's tech giant Huawei filed a lawsuit on Friday against the U.S. Department of Commerce over its unlawful seizure of Huawei's telecommunication gear shipped to the United States for a testing.

The court filing showed that Huawei shipped several pieces of telecommunications equipment, including a computer server and an Ethernet switch from China, to an independent testing lab in California to undergo certification testing in 2017.

In September that year, the U.S. government seized the equipment in Anchorage, Alaska when they're sent back to China, according to the filing.

Huawei said that it had been waiting for nearly two years for a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department on whether those equipment can be moved back to China.


(Reuters) - FedEx Corp said on Sunday an operational error prevented a Huawei Technologies package from being delivered to the United States, just weeks after the U.S. delivery company said an error led to the Chinese firm’s packages being misdirected.

“The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologize for this operational error,” FedEx told Reuters in an emailed statement. A company spokeswoman confirmed that the package was U.S. bound but declined to say what it contained.

China's Global Times newspaper said in a tweet bit.ly/2ZB6isY later that FedEx is likely to be added to China's 'unreliable entities list' due to the incident.


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