U.S. officials planning for a future in which Huawei has a major share of 5G global networks
US intelligence experts accept that the government is probably not going to win its war with Huawei, at least not in a way that will seriously limit the Chinese tech giant’s share in 5G telecommunication networks around the globe. As a result, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon believes that “[w]e are going to have to figure out a way in a 5G world that we’re able to manage the risks in a diverse network that includes technology that we can’t trust.”
The US has boycotted Huawei over security concerns and has been pushing its allies to do the same in order to prevent the tech firm from providing the Chinese government with access to the data and systems of foreign governments. However, the campaign has not been highly successful, with major European allies including the UK, Italy and Germany resisting an outright boycott. Consequently, Huawei equipment will likely be used to set up a significant portion of the world’s 5G networks in the coming years.