Good News For Huawei! They’re Building A Russian 5G Network

Huawei got some good news for a change. They’ve been tapped by Russian telco MTS to build its 5G network:

The agreement with Russia’s largest carrier, MTS, was signed on the sidelines of talks in Moscow between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It comes at a critical time for the Shenzhen-based company, which is now on the frontline in an escalating trade war between America and China. The United States is waging a campaign against Huawei, banning it from its own 5G networks and cutting it off from American software and components that it needs for its smartphones and network equipment business.

Washington has also been urging allies to restrict or ban the use of Huawei equipment in their 5G networks, warning that Beijing could use the sensitive data infrastructure for spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied that any of its products pose a national security risk.

It’s hardly surprising that Huawei is cutting a deal with Russia as both have a strained relationship with the US, the latter having been accused of meddling with the presidential election. The former being effectively banned by President Trump and being bad mouthed around the world by the US. It will be interesting to see how the US reacts to this deal.

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