Huawei is a Chinese telecom and technology giant based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It has deployed its products and services in more than 170 countries and it serves most of the world’s large telecom operators. It is the global leader of the telecom gear market and second only to Samsung in terms of total sales of smartphones across the globe. Most of the telecom carriers around the globe depend upon the equipment supplied by Huawei.
Technology in the current scenario deals with large amounts of data. The threat of data leaks has been looming large over the technology sector for a long time now. This has been proved correct by companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Huawei, Google and so on. The US accused Huawei of giving sensitive personal information to the Chinese government. They banned their government officials from using the Huawei equipment, mobile towers and even smartphones.
European nations have been a long-term ally of the US. Their relationship has been quite strong since the World Wars ended and most of them depend on the US for their security solutions. The closest ally of the US has always been the United Kingdom. They have a long historical relation, which has been continued in the modern era too.
Since the ban in the US and the recent arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada, there has been pressure on the US allies to respond in similar fashion. As usual, UK has been the first of them to follow by stripping Huawei of their core part of a U.K. communications network for police and other emergency responders. According to Bloomberg, BT Group Plc., the company delivering the 2.3-billion-pound ($3 billion) project, has been pulling equipment from the Chinese tech giant out of its own core structure since the 2016 acquisition of mobile carrier EE, which used Huawei gear throughout its systems. That work extends to the Emergency Services Network EE has been building for Britain, though some Huawei parts will remain in the broader access network.
The western world has been always very protective of their interest since time immemorial. It is natural for anybody to be protecting their interest but the west does it in a way that hurts the others, which is not what the East is very supportive of. The US banned Huawei due to suspicion of data leaks and espionage whereas, its own authorities have been keeping a tab on millions of citizen and government officials not only from its own land but also from its allies in Europe. People with the knowledge of these facts have always been targeted and kept from the popular media so that the trust in the government is maintained and the East can be blamed for all that is bad in the world.
India has been wary of the developments in other parts of the world. At one point India was planning to take stern actions against the company regarding its India operations too. However, it is still not clear and numerous telecom service providers in the country are actually in favour of Huawei to be their gear manufacturer and equipment provider.
Huawei has been quite aggressive in terms of acquiring new markets for itself especially in the African continent. Most of the countries in Africa have been covered by the Huawei’s telecommunication gear and equipment. This gives the company immense influential power in the region. Amidst the fear of Huawei and bans implemented on the company, they need to work on their public perception. The brand awareness and reputation in the market needs to be good if they want to compete and win against their global rivals such as Ericsson, Nokia and so on.