The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday that it will use Huawei’s equipment to build a new high-speed wireless network, despite pressure from the US to avoid Huawei’s products.
The news was announced at an important European trade conference, which is another blow to US officials convincing countries to restrict the use of Huawei equipment in the next generation of wireless networks. The Trump administration claims that Huawei’s equipment will lead to cybersecurity risks and can be used by the Chinese government to engage in espionage or sabotage. Huawei has firmly denied the allegations.
But the plan, detailed by the United Arab Emirates state-owned telecommunications company Etisalat, is the latest sign that US officials are experiencing difficulties in convincing other countries to suppress Huawei, China’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
The UAE is a reliable ally of the United States in the Middle East and a major purchaser of US military equipment.
Most US lobbying actions against Huawei are concentrated in Europe. Huawei sells antennas, base stations, and other equipment used in telecommunications networks in Europe. Last week, the British authorities signaled that it did not believe that a total ban on Huawei was necessary to ensure the security of the UK’s wireless network. The Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Poland are also considering restrictions on Huawei.
Previously, the UAE had said that it would be one of the first countries in the world to apply 5G technology to the commercial sector, and it will be implemented in the second half of 2019.
Regional operator Etisalat has made headlines about its 5G service, and the 2020 Dubai World Expo has signed with the company and became the first commercial customer to use its 5G service, which is expected to receive 30,000 visitors per day to visit the 2020 World Expo. “Smart Website”.
The UAE also said that Huawei will help build 300 5G base stations in the first half of this year.