According to Wall Street Journal, China is considering taking action towards restricting or banning exports of China-made goods by Nokia and Ericsson if the EU and ex-EU countries continue cutting Huawei off their networks infrastructure.
This report appeared after the United Kingdom decided to prohibit UK operators from purchasing Huawei gear starting next year and ordered the removal of Huawei’s fixed equipment from their infrastructure till 2023 and mobile equipment till 2027. China described that move as caving in to US pressure. Analysts estimate that this decision will prolong 5G rollout in the UK by 2 years and add extra 2.5 billion dollars of cost to operators.
I’m not really sure that such decision will happen, considering Nokia and Ericsson together have around 30,000 employees in that area, says lightreading.com. They also added that this seems more like a warning what might happen, than a solid plan that will happen. In any case, things are heating up.