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Botswana to also benefit from UK Huawei decision

Publishing Date : 06 February, 2020

Author : KENNETH MOSEKIEMANG

A few days before Britain took the biggest political decision ever made -leaving the European Union ‘‘Brexit’’- the UK government decided to allow Huawei, a Chinese technology company, to supply the country’s 5G networks.

Following the trade war between the two leading economies- China and the United States of America- UK and Washington, USA, ramped up pressure on London to exclude Huawei from the country’s 5G network. USA warned its European ally that the 5G that Huawei operates is susceptible to a compromise on any state intelligence, allowing the oriental giant to spy on other countries. 

UK has been caught in the trade war crossfire, but a UK parliamentary committee concluded last year that there was no technical reason for excluding Huawei. The committee confirmed that banning Huawei may have been inspired by “geopolitical or ethical ground to enact a ban on Huawei’s equipment.’’

UK also was reported on many media outlets to have said that the package of restrictions being announced on “high risk” 5G vendors will allow it to “mitigate the potential risk posed by the supply chain and to combat the range of threats, whether cyber criminals, or state sponsored attacks.”

Just before the final Brexit move, UK Digital Secretary Baroness Morgan said government has reviewed the supply chain for telecoms networks and concluded that it was necessary to have tight restrictions on the presence of high risk vendors.

The US has been seen to be trying to influence its allies, including UK, to ban Huawei. When taking a decision to leave the EU, UK has always said the US would be its biggest ally. It is reported that countries across EU and in Europe, are yet to put an embargo on Huawei.

Operators warned that banning Huawei may add years of delays and billions in costs to European countries’ 5G network launch. The UK techno experts also revealed evidence showing that the country’s economy will lose £7 billion as a result of more expensive 5G networks, a cost that will then hit all British nationals.

 Botswana is said to be looking into tapping into the 5G bandwagon soon and Huawei representatives in Gaborone said having 5G will be a welcomed development for the country. Most importantly, according to a Huawei representative in Botswana, Adam Hu Cunhao said 5G will enable billions of new connections with speed and security.

“It will also connect everything to everything(X2X), acting as a critical enabler for massive IoT. Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), remote critical control and more. Cars will be connected to the roads and cities they navigate, doctors connected to the medical devices of their patients, and physical infrastructure and assets connected to those tasked with maintaining and managing them. With the benefits of 5G, Botswana will create more job opportunities for the youth in different industries,” said Cunhao.

 

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