Boris Johnson's pragmatic route to Huawei decision

A Huawei advertisement in London. Banning Huawei, which has about a third of the US$50 billion (S$68 billion) global telecoms equipment market, would have ramifications for the pace of the 5G rollout, says the writer.
A Huawei advertisement in London. Banning Huawei, which has about a third of the US$50 billion (S$68 billion) global telecoms equipment market, would have ramifications for the pace of the 5G rollout, says the writer.PHOTO: NYTIMES

There's a fine line between a fudge and a workable compromise. In Britain's handling of Huawei Technologies, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just about managed to secure the latter.

Britain has brushed off the United States' complaints and decided to allow its telecoms operators to install equipment made by "high-risk vendors" - read: Huawei - in their networks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2020, with the headline 'Boris Johnson's pragmatic route to Huawei decision'. Subscribe