For Immediate Release: March 18, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
NEW: As White House Warns Wireless Companies About Huawei, “New T-Mobile” & Parent Companies Fail To Commit To Not Using the Chinese Components
Today, the White House raised concerns about wireless companies using Huawei technology to build 5G networks because the Chinese telecom company cannot be trusted due to their history of hacking and cyber espionage. This should raise the alarm bells for the “new T-Mobile” and their parent companies, as no one in the U.S. wireless industry has a closer relationship to Huawei than they do.
T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, is working with Huawei to deploy 5G around the world and defending Huawei against our closest allies—recently arguing that abandoning the Chinese supplier would reportedly delay European 5G deployment and encouraging further use of Huawei components around the world. While Deutsche Telekom is set to own 42 percent of T-Mobile, SoftBank, who will be the next largest shareholder if the companies are permitted to merger, has their own entangled history with Huawei.
The “new T-Mobile” has still failed make firm, enforceable commitments that T-Mobile, Sprint, or their parent companies will not use Huawei in their 5G buildouts in the United States or around the world. The FCC, Congress, and other regulators must continue investigating this merger and require enforceable commitments that the “new T-Mobile” will not use Huawei technology. Our national security depends on it.
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