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.