Google and China: All But the Final Goodbyes?

China Won't Budge: Google Tries To Minimize The Damage

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Google and China: All But the Final Goodbyes?

Late last week, the Chinese government once again warned Google that if it tried to stop censoring Internet searches in China, the act would be seen as being "irresponsible" and for Google to then expect retaliation from the Chinese government, the New York Times reported.

A story in the Financial Times of London quotes China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong as saying,

"If [Google] takes steps that violate Chinese laws, that would be unfriendly, that would be irresponsible, and they would have to bear the consequences."

The FT also quoted Minister Li as saying, "[Google] has taken 30 per cent of the Chinese search market. If you [Google] don't leave, China will welcome that, if you don't leave, it will be beneficial for the development of the Internet in China."

In other words, play by our rules or leave.

In January,  after it was hit with a major hacking attack, Google said that it was reviewing its operations in China and also well that it would stop censoring Google searches in China.

However, if Google does stop censoring searches in China, its Chinese employees could be arrested as law-breakers. This places Google in a difficult position, unless it stops offering search altogether.

Google said in the New York Times story that it expected a decision on what it would do in the next few weeks, but the FT said that Google was 99.9% certain to leave China sooner than that.

A story in today's San Jose Mercury News says that Google is now trying to protect its other businesses in China such as its "maps, mobile phone and language translation services" which are generating good revenues for the company.

Even if Google were just to shut down its search capability in China, I doubt that the Chinese government would allow Google to stay without some punishment being imposed. The government needs an example to show it's more powerful than any mere foreign business entity, and Google has placed itself right in the government's sweet spot.

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The Cellular Industry’s Clash Over the Movement to Remake Networks

The wireless industry is divided on Open RAN’s goal to make network components interoperable

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We've all been told that 5G wireless is going to deliver amazing capabilities and services. But it won't come cheap. When all is said and done, 5G will cost almost US $1 trillion to deploy over the next half decade. That enormous expense will be borne mostly by network operators, companies like AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and dozens more around the world that provide cellular service to their customers. Facing such an immense cost, these operators asked a very reasonable question: How can we make this cheaper and more flexible?

Their answer: Make it possible to mix and match network components from different companies, with the goal of fostering more competition and driving down prices. At the same time, they sparked a schism within the industry over how wireless networks should be built. Their opponents—and sometimes begrudging partners—are the handful of telecom-equipment vendors capable of providing the hardware the network operators have been buying and deploying for years.

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