If Trump kills off Huawei, do Asia’s 5G dreams die?


Despite the administration of Donald Trump subsequently offering Huawei a three-month reprieve – allowing it to continue purchasing US equipment until mid-August – analysts like Paul Triolo are already mulling the longer term consequences.

Despite the administration of Donald Trump subsequently offering Huawei a three-month reprieve – allowing it to continue purchasing US equipment until mid-August – analysts like Paul Triolo are already mulling the longer term consequences.


WHEN it comes to the roll-out of next-generation 5G cellular technology, few regions in the world could be as excited as Southeast Asia, a region famed for intensive smartphone use.

But this week’s dramatic escalation in the United States’ crackdown on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been a cold shower for those anticipating the mass-market arrival of a technology hyped as heralding a new dawn of driverless cars and artificial intelligence.

Just weeks ago, Huawei had seemed assured of playing a key part in the roll-out of 5G technology across the region; now some industry insiders say the Chinese behemoth has no clear way of continuing as a central player anywhere in the world.

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