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Huawei Struggles to Get Along Without Google

Posted by hkarner - 14. Mai 2020

Date: 13‑05‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Without the search‑and‑software giant’s apps, the relentless march of Huawei’s smartphones is faltering

Since its blacklisting by the U.S. Commerce Department, Huawei has launched two flagship smartphones—the P40 and the Mate 30—running on its in‑house software.

China’s Huawei Technologies Co., barred by the U.S. from buying American technology, has found a lot of workarounds—but is having a hard time replacing Google, on which it has relied for a decade.

Without the search‑and‑software giant’s apps, smartphone fixtures around the world, the once‑relentless march of Huawei’s phones is faltering. Overall smartphone demand globally suffered a record fall in the first quarter, as the coronavirus ravaged the world economy and upended supply chains. But Huawei’s smartphone shipments outside China dropped 35%, more than twice rival Samsung Electronics Co. ’s decline and four times Apple Inc.’s, according to data tracker Canalys. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The digital side of the Belt and Road Initiative is growing

Posted by hkarner - 9. Februar 2020

Date: 06‑02‑2020

Source: The Economist

Many believe it is where much of the rivalry over the plan will play out in future

One tropical evening in November, the 9,800‑tonne Ile de Bréhat slipped from the quay at Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, and steamed out of Iron Bottom Sound. For weeks the boat had been a familiar sight as it finished its job of laying 4,700km of fibre‑optic cable from Sydney to Honiara on Guadalcanal and 730km among the main outlying islands, with another branch heading to Port Moresby, capital of neighbouring Papua New Guinea. Less than a fifth of Solomon Islanders have access to the internet. The Ile de Bréhat is about to transform more lives than any ship since the Los Reyes, the first European vessel to discover the islands, in 1567.

Two‑thirds of the $93m cost of the Coral Sea Cable System was borne by the Australian government. It got wind that China was proposing to do the job, led by Huawei, China’s telecoms giant. Australian intelligence types view Huawei as a national‑security concern. Australia is also the biggest donor to Pacific Island nations and is used to being top dog in its backyard. It told leaders in Honiara and Port Moresby that Huawei was not to be considered.

Yet Australia has taken its eye off the Pacific in recent years, as China has stolen a march. Two‑way trade with the Pacific has grown tenfold, from under $1bn in 2005 to over $8bn in 2018. Chinese tourists to the region jumped from under 4,000 a year a decade ago to more than 140,000 in 2017. China’s leaders extol the potential for bri co‑operation with Pacific nations. A “new Pacific diplomacy” has gathered pace since President Xi Jinping made his first trip to the region in late 2014. Pacific Island leaders frequently head for China. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Everyone Loses on Huawei

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2020

Date: 29‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

Britain OK’s Chinese network equipment, but not too much of it.

The U.K. government on Tuesday unveiled a long‑awaited new policy on Huawei equipment in its telecom network, and it’s hard to find anyone who comes out a winner. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has landed a punch of sorts on the Chinese company, but also managed to give his own administration a black eye.

The cabinet’s ruling, undergirded by a report from Britain’s National Cyber Security Center, deems Huawei equipment a threat to national security, but then still allows some of that kit in Britain’s telecoms networks. British companies will be barred from using the Chinese gear in core parts of their fiber‑broadband or 5G cellular networks, such as routers and software that control the flow of traffic across the network. Huawei components will be allowed in non‑core functions such as antennae, subject to geographical restrictions around sensitive sites and also a cap of 35% on Chinese equipment in the network. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Great U.S.‑China Tech Divide

Posted by hkarner - 22. Januar 2020

Date: 21‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The two countries are headed toward a world where they will have mutually exclusive systems for all important forms of technology

U.S.‑China tech tension centered initially on Huawei and the telecom sector, but has since spread through most of the tech industry. 

In terms of technology, the world had been unifying for years. Now it is reverting back to the likes of the VHS‑versus‑Betamax era, with much bigger consequences.

 Imagine two countries with completely different sets of hardware and software for the internet, electronic devices, telecommunications, and even social media and dating apps.

 That is the direction the U.S. and China are headed in—a world where the two global powers have mutually exclusive technology systems. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Senators Urge $1 Billion Plan to Loosen China’s Grip on 5G

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2020

Date: 15‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Bipartisan bill would subsidize tech firms in their efforts to compete with Beijing‑backed Huawei

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, alarmed by the rise of Chinese electronics supplier Huawei Technologies Co., wants Washington to subsidize firms that could counter China’s 5G advances.

The proposed Utilizing Strategic Allied Telecommunications Act would steer at least $750 million toward companies developing fifth‑generation, or 5G, wireless technology and create a separate $500 million fund for companies that deploy “trusted and secure” equipment around the world.

Sens. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) and Mark Warner (D., Va.), who lead the Senate’s intelligence committee, introduced the bill.

A draft version of the law didn’t name specific companies, but its sponsors said the move would challenge Chinese telecom‑equipment makers. Shenzhen‑based Huawei has become the world’s top supplier of cellular radio equipment. U.S. officials have accused the Chinese government of subsidizing Huawei’s growth abroad through low‑cost loans and other support that gives the company an edge against Western rivals. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Merkel’s Coalition Government Faces Test Over Huawei Dispute

Posted by hkarner - 25. November 2019

Date: 24-11-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Chancellor is in favor of allowing Huawei to supply components for Germany’s next-generation 5G internet

LEIPZIG, Germany—Chancellor Angela Merkel was handed a damaging defeat at her party’s annual convention over her plans to allow China’s Huawei Technologies Co. to build Germany’s next-generation 5G mobile network.

The dispute within Ms. Merkel’s party threatens to further destabilize Germany’s fragile coalition government ahead of the final decision on opening the 5G market to foreign bidders.

Ms. Merkel is in favor of allowing Huawei to supply components for Germany’s next-generation 5G internet, but rebels within her Christian Democrats tabled a motion Saturday demanding the exclusion of bidders from countries where governments could exert influence over private companies. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Huawei may sell its 5G technology to a Western buyer

Posted by hkarner - 13. September 2019

Date: 12-09-2019
Source: The Economist

Ren Zhengfei wants to create a competitor for his company

IN AN ATRIUM designed to evoke ancient Greece—ringed by stone columns and six towering approximations of the Caryatids—it was fitting that Ren Zhengfei, chief executive of Huawei, should extend an olive branch to the West: a piece of his company. The palatial edifice on Huawei’s sprawling campus in Shenzhen houses an exhibition hall proudly displaying the Chinese telecommunications giant’s “fifth-generation” (5G) technology. The ultra-swift, and ultra-coveted, mobile-phone networks will soon connect everything from cars to industrial robots.

It is this 5G technology—central to Huawei’s future revenue growth—that Mr Ren said he was ready to share, in a two-hour interview with The Economist on September 10th. For a one-time fee, a transaction would give the buyer perpetual access to Huawei’s existing 5G patents, licences, code, technical blueprints and production know-how. The acquirer could modify the source code, meaning that neither Huawei nor the Chinese government would have even hypothetical control of any telecoms infrastructure built using equipment produced by the new company. Huawei would likewise be free to develop its technology in whatever direction it pleases. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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In the Race to Dominate 5G, China Has an Edge

Posted by hkarner - 9. September 2019

Date: 07-09-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The super-fast wireless technology is expected to revolutionize everything from driving to surgery

On either side of the brown river running through this misty mountain village, residents live in wooden huts without window panes. Chickens and cats mingle on the road.

But this southwestern Chinese backwater has seen a glimpse of the future that even major U.S. cities such as Boston and Philadelphia still haven’t experienced. As part of a publicity stunt two years ago, a government-owned wireless carrier briefly flipped on a superfast 5G cellular network to broadcast a song-and-dance performance from members of the Dong ethnic minority.

This is the audacity of Beijing’s plan to roll out the next-generation wireless technology, which government leaders around the world say could spark the next industrial revolution.

Note: Cellular site defined as macro base station; investment figures also include 4G and earlier technology. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The drama surrounding Google and Huawei’s new phone – explained

Posted by hkarner - 1. September 2019

Date: 31-08-2019
Source: The Guardian

Mate 30 won’t have licensed access to any Google apps, thanks to ongoing dispute between US and the Chinese smartphone maker

Huawei’s upcoming flagship Mate 30 smartphone will launch next month without key Google apps.

Huawei, the number two smartphone maker in the world, will launch its next flagship device without licensed access to the number one smartphone operating system in the world – Google’s Android – or any of Google’s ubiquitous apps.

The 5G-capable Mate 30 will be revealed at a 19 September event in Munich, Germany, CNBC reported on Friday. But the launch by a company that saw its share of the European smartphone market soar by 55.7% in 2018 is approaching under a cloud of uncertainty, thanks to the actions of the US government.

What is Huawei?
Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company, founded in 1987, whose early history included updating China’s telephone infrastructure and helping the nation transition away from relying on importing foreign-made technology. It has since expanded internationally and launched its own product lines, including smartphones that are increasingly competitive with Samsung and Apple.

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Huawei Launches AI Chip in Push to Unseat U.S. Makers

Posted by hkarner - 26. August 2019

Date: 25-08-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Ascend 910 is the Chinese telecom giant’s latest attempt to challenge Silicon Valley in advanced technology

Huawei’s new Ascend 910 chip is designed to crunch the massive amounts of data used to build A.I. algorithms. Here, a Huawei staff member works on a mobile phone production line in Huawei factory in Dongguan, China.

Huawei Technologies Co. trumpeted its first high-end artificial-intelligence processor, the Chinese telecom giant’s latest attempt to challenge Silicon Valley in advanced technology.

Huawei on Friday revealed details of the chip, the Ascend 910, designed to crunch the massive amounts of data used to build A.I. algorithms, and said it is available immediately. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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