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24 Jan 2023    Policy briefs
Bogdanova, Iryna


Policy brief: Politicization of the 5G: Divergent Policy Responses and Huawei’s Litigation Strategy

Policy brief: Politicization of the 5G: Divergent Policy Responses and Huawei’s Litigation Strategy

New policy brief by Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Iryna Bogdanova on the politicisation of the fifth-generation wireless (5G) and the legal battles of Chinese technology giant, Huawei.

Executive Summary

The great-power rivalry between the United States and China, the European Union’s policy of technological sovereignty as well as the nature and economic implications of the fifth-generation wireless (5G) set the context for the politicization of said technology. This politicization is reflected in the growing resistance to the participation of the Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. in the 5G projects.

As numerous states shore up legislation and administrative actions geared toward eliminating Huawei’s participation in their 5G networks, China has maintained a proactive posture and redoubled efforts to export Chinese 5G infrastructure. In its turn, Huawei, as the company bearing financial and reputational costs deriving from the prohibitions on its participation in the 5G rollout, seized the opportunity of calling into question the legality of such restrictions. To achieve this, the company initiated administrative proceedings and disputes at the domestic and international levels.

Policy brief by WTI's Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Iryna Bogdanova

Policy brief: Politicization of the 5G: Divergent Policy Responses and Huawei’s Litigation Strategy