Foreign Policy & National Security Experts Voice Huawei Concerns

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

CNET: Foreign Policy & National Security Experts Voice Huawei Concerns in Context of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Protect America’s Wireless At Forefront of Opposition

 

A new CNET piece, reported by Maggie Reardon, highlights what’s ahead for T-Mobile and Sprint executives as they head to Capitol Hill next month to attempt to defend their proposed mega-merger. T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure should expect to answer significant questions about consumer pricing, competition and jobs, and national security concerns.

That’s because Huawei has a demonstrated and troubling history of cyber espionage, and T-Mobile and Sprint, as well as their parent companies Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, refuse to commit to eliminating Huawei equipment in their current networks and future 5G deployments in the United States and around the world.

Reardon notes:

“Then there are the lingering security concerns, which are likely to be addressed during the hearing.  A group of foreign policy and national security professionals concerned about Chinese infiltration of American computer networks issued a statement asking regulators to take a closer look at the deal in light of the criminal case against Huawei. The group known as Protect America's Wireless noted that while T-Mobile is named as a victim of Huawei's alleged crimes, its parent company the German phone company Deutsche Telekom has continued to partner with Huawei on its 5G deployments around the globe. Sprint's parent, Japan's Softbank, has also deployed Huawei gear in its network.

“Security experts are concerned that Chinese officials may be using Huawei's gear to spy.

“US national security officials have pressured Deutsche Telekom and Softbank to rip out their Huawei equipment and to ban the company's products in their 5G network builds. But it's unclear what if any concessions have been made to win approval for the deal.”

The piece also prominently features Protect America’s Wireless spokesperson, David Wade, former chief of staff at the US Department of State and former chief of staff to the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

"‘This week's indictments charge Huawei with serious crimes and demand a fresh look at the national security concerns at the center of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint mega-merger,’ David Wade, former chief of staff at the US Department of State and former chief of staff to the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement for the group.

“He added, ‘Sprint, T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, and SoftBank must abandon the use of Huawei equipment in the United States and around the world. This issue demands much greater scrutiny, and we need it now.’”

Reardon’s piece in full can be accessed HERE.

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