Author: Tronserve admin
Thursday 29th July 2021 11:55 PM
Huawei Set for Boost from UK After Decisions on Arm and 5G
It tends that the England is a good place for China right now, on two counts at least. One is Arm confirming that a couple of its UK-developed architectures are outside the scope of current U.S. export restrictions. The second is news over the weekend indicating the British Prime Minister is set to permit Huawei supply to non-contentious parts of the 5G network.
If there was any indication that things were getting better for Huawei, it was clear when EE Times shared last month that executives from Arm, Arm China and HiSilicon (Huawei’s chip division) met behind closed doors in Shenzhen, to reassure the Chinese media and local electronics industry of their ongoing cooperation.
Under the present guidelines Arm cannot license any U.S. origin intellectual property (IP) to HiSilicon except if granted an export license by the U.S. Commerce Department, or it has been determined the IP is not of U.S. origin.
Now it appears that, after a detailed review, Arm has decided that its Armv8-A architecture, as well as the next generation of that architecture, are of UK origin. Because of this, an Arm spokesperson confirmed to EE Times that Arm can provide support to HiSilicon for those particular architectures. She added, “Arm has communicated this to the appropriate U.S. government offices, and we continue to be in compliance with the U.S. Commerce Department guidelines, respective to Huawei and its affiliate HiSilicon.”
5G green light expected
In a totally separate development, the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper described yesterday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to support his predecessor’s decision to grant Huawei access to the non-contentious parts of the 5G network. The main reason quoted is that the west does not have a good substitute for Huawei technology, so this means it would be left behind if it doesn’t use Huawei. One senior government source is quoted in the Sunday Times as saying, “The reality is that if you don’t say yes, you don’t have alternatives. The West has screwed up by allowing Huawei to develop a near-monopoly in this area.”
Previously this year, the chair of British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, the Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb, said, “The benefits of 5G are clear and the removal of Huawei from the current or future networks could cause significant delays.” As we reported, the issues were around ethics and politics instead the technological one. Lamb emphasised that supply chains for telecommunications networks were global and complex, so a ban on Huawei equipment would not take out potential Chinese influence from the supply chain. He also said it would likely enrich security vulnerability by reducing competition. Lamb also emphasized that his conclusion that Huawei must not be wholly excluded from the UK’s 5G networks is built only on technical considerations, not geo-political.