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Huawei insists UK telecoms taskforce is nothing personal

The UK government has created a taskforce with the stated aim of attracting new vendors to UK telecoms, which has nothing to do with Huawei, the Chinese vendor says.

Speaking to Telecoms.com, a Huawei spokesperson insisted the initiative is not explicitly hostile to it, rather it’s merely part of the intervention announced by the UK government in July. “We have always argued vendor diversity leads not only to greater network security and resilience, but also fosters competition, innovation and ultimately drives down costs for consumers,” the spokesperson told us. “We welcome competition.”

Technically the purpose of the taskforce is indeed to try to encourage a greater diversity of networking vendor options. Having banned one of the three main vendors, the UK government has created a supplier duopoly for its operators and now wants to be seen to do something about it. But none of this would be necessary if the government wasn’t explicitly anti-Huawei, so any activities made necessary by the decision to ban Huawei must be viewed in that context.

So, while we acknowledge Huawei’s point about the taskforce, the only reason the UK government is suddenly all concerned about vendor diversity is because it’s responsible for the lack of it. Huawei can issue all the generic statements about competition it wants, but they don’t change the fact that the purpose of this taskforce is to replace Huawei with other vendors.

In its haste to repair the damage done to the UK telecoms vendor ecosystem by its decision, the government predictably got together a bunch of big telecoms names to add weight to its claims to be on the case. The list of people involved is genuinely impressive and we’re sure they’ll do their best to help, but it’s not the government’s place to pick private sector winners. It is therefore difficult to have much more hope for this initiative than the countless long-forgotten market interventions that precede it.

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7 comments

    • Avatar happiman 25/09/2020 @ 6:59 pm

      It soon dawned on me that the real question to ask is: “Why are the Chinese rude?”

      Yong Chen, tourism researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said most “bad” tourists don’t intend to be “bad” or “tourists”, they are just being themselves – they are being Chinese.

  1. Avatar happierman 26/09/2020 @ 6:52 pm

    From royal pirates, opium dealers, slave dealers, colonialism, imperialism, from the sun-never-set empire to the Commonwealth of the British Empire, you would not think that UK conquered the world with the demeanor of a gentleman and Shakespeare?

    • Avatar happiman 30/09/2020 @ 8:30 pm

      I’m glad that you are willing to compare England in 18~19th century to China in 21th Century.
      Yes Chinese people still live in 18/19th Century when they could smoke opium and urinate in the public.

      That’s why China is ranked 89th on the “nice to place to live in 2020” right after Azerbaijan and Armenia.

      That’s the simple fact.

  2. Avatar Clifford Setyono 26/09/2020 @ 7:32 pm

    Wait ten years.

  3. Avatar David Lee 28/09/2020 @ 6:42 am

    I just hope some day people are judged by their actions and not by the name of the country they were born in or the party they are familiar with.

    China has uplifted 800 millions from extreme poverty in 30 years and that’s was an outstanding achievement no government has done in human history.

    The CCP is a communist party and it has never disgusted it that it’s not. They follow their own set of policy to uplift the standard living of their people and safe guard their interest without invading other countries or interference other countries politics.

    People may not like how CCP reacts in HK affairs, we cannot hold double standards by blaming CCP with our narrow view. When our government pursues a policy which is worst than CCP treat their own citizens. At least when you speak to everyone in China and some in HK, they have full of hope for thieir future.

  4. Avatar happiman 30/09/2020 @ 6:53 am

    Did you say “without invading other countries”? I sincerely hope that someday, Chinese people realize that CCP is evil and harmful to other countries.

    They use even kid’s movies for their sinister propaganda.
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/d3akb7/abominable-banned-for-map-of-south-china-sea-vietnam-philippines-malaysia-nine-dash-line
    “The otherwise innocent, straightforward kids’ movie has now been banned in three countries—Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines—for portraying the controversial map,”

    Did you say, “that’s was an outstanding achievement no government has done in human history.” You are correct. No other government was so corrupted as much CCP is and boldly declares that cheat is good for the progress.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/464586-china-cheats-and-we-let-them
    “Suddenly, China began producing and exporting a whole lot of products that looked just like stuff invented in the West. Here, we pay for software licenses, the lifeblood of today’s economy. In China, 99 percent of Microsoft licenses are counterfeit and unpaid for. ”

    Did you say “When our government pursues a policy which is worst than CCP treat their own citizens”
    https://www.businessinsider.com/china-forcibly-sterilizing-uighur-women-xinjiang-abortions-contraception-ap-2020-6
    It can happen only in either China or North Korea.

    Did you say “they have full of hope for their future”?
    You learn that Nazi is bad. Our kids will read a history book that describes China was worse.
    If you replace Hitler to Xi, and Munich to Beijing, and German to China, you will see what is going on in China.

    “Hitler, a mesmerizing public speaker, addressed political meetings in Munich calling for a new German order to replace what he saw as an incompetent and inefficient democratic regime. This New Order was distinguished by an authoritarian political system based on a leadership structure in which authority flowed downward from a supreme national leader. In the new Germany, all citizens would unselfishly serve the state, or Volk; democracy would be abolished; and individual rights sacrificed for the good of the führer state. “

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