It's now 24 hours since the UK government announced that Huawei could play an albeit restricted role in the UK's 5G and FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) rollouts and the blowhards haven't quite yet run out of steam.
Senator Mitt Romney was quick off the mark:
The UK's decision to incorporate Huawei into its 5G network is a disconcerting sign. By prioritizing costs, the UK is sacrificing national security and inviting the CCP's surveillance state in. I implore our British allies to reverse their decision.— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) January 28, 2020
And a former UK MP chimed in:
Thank you Senator, as a Briton and former MP, and US person, I appreciate you defending my country like this. The PM is endangering the UK's national security with @Huawei— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) January 28, 2020
And the debate will continue, of course, especially on social media, where individuals rant and rave as if they are networking specialists who have been party to the detailed technical analysis of security tests conducted by seasoned experts, while citing Sony Ericsson (sic) as a key Huawei 5G infrastructure rival. Good times!
But what's the fallout going to be from BoJo & Co's Huawei ruling? My feeling is that the only clear winner is China, while the other key players in this drama will, at best, catch a glimpse of a silver lining. Here are my back-of-the-envelope thoughts:
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading