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Tech & ScienceHuawei Interested In Selling Off 5G Hardware, Without The Security Concerns

18:15  12 september  2019
18:15  12 september  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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US concerns are shared by several senior UK government figures. Whitehall officials are concerned that excluding Huawei , one of the very few companies that “If we had banned Huawei and everyone was just using Ericsson, we would have had a day without any mobile coverage on any network – not

Huawei was separately barred from buying parts and components from US firms without a licence. Rotating chairman Guo Ping took to the stage at Mobile World Congress one morning to talk up Huawei 's 5 G business to a cavernous auditorium filled with telecoms executives and journalists.

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It's been a tough year for Chinese telco giant Huawei after being embroiled in allegations of espionage and fraud as well as the ongoing trade war between China and the United States. But while many Western governments have banned its technology from being used for critical infrastructure within their borders, Huawei is looking at offering a solution that will force countries to overlook any security concerns.

Huawei's CEO Ren Zhengfei told The Economist in a recent interview it's considering selling its 5G technology in one-off sales to competitors and, potentially, foreign governments like Australia. Australia banned the use of Huawei's 5G technology in August.

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The whole Huawei -is-a- security – concern issue is convoluted and divisive. The company surpassed Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, but it’s None of this is lost on Huawei . If anything, the company has ramped up its push to be allowed to participate in 5 G in Australia.

Allowing Huawei ’s inclusion in our 5 G infrastructure could seriously jeopardize our national security and put critical supply chains at risk. Huawei is a threat to US national security , but that misses the bigger point. Vulnerabilities in the supply chain of network hardware and software is, has been, and

The deal could work for a one-time fee, according to the report, which would give the buyer access to Huawei's "existing 5G patents, licences, codes, technological blueprints and production know-how" while it retains its right to continue producing the technology.

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Interestingly, the source codes could be modified as the buying company wishes so none of the security concerns previously raised about Chinese espionage would apply.

"5G represents speed," Zhengfei said to The Economist. "Countries that have speed will move forward rapidly. On the contrary, countries that give up speed and excellent connectivity technology may see economic slowdown."

But, why would Huawei give its competition a silver bullet? Trump's willingness to ban US companies from working with Huawei could be one but Zhengfei pointed to another reason. "A balanced distribution of interests is conducive to Huawei's survival," he said in reference to undoing the anti-Chinese technology sentiment that's arisen in the past few years.

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Suitors may be put off by other considerations. If Huawei really is ready to transfer the entirety of its technology to another Concerns about Chinese meddling would not go away. Huawei is being forced to transform itself from a company that makes and sells hardware into one that also makes

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While the competitors and foreign governments aren't specifically mentioned in the report, earlier this year it was suggested Huawei was looking at Apple to share its 5G modems.

"If [Apple] are interested, we're open to it," Richard Yu, a Huawei executive, told Chinese media in April, according to the South China Morning Post.

With the US-China trade war ramping up and bans on US companies working with Huawei persisting, it seems the only logical way forward for the time being.

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Gizmodo Australia reached out to Huawei for additional comment but it declined to speak on the matter at this stage.

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