Huawei vs. America's National Security Experts

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

Huawei vs. America's National Security Experts: Who will the “New T-Mobile” Trust?

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Associated Press reports that Huawei founder and former Chinese military engineer Ren Zhengfei claims his company “would refuse to disclose secrets about its customers and their communication networks” and that there is no correlation between his personal Communist beliefs and Huawei’s commercial decisions.

...It’s a little late for that. Huawei’s U.S. market evaporated in 2012 after a congressional panel said Huawei and ZTE posed grave national security risks to the American public. The U.S. government urged phone companies not to use the technologies. Several other countries have followed suit in banning Huawei technology from their respective 5G rollouts, and Huawei is rightfully under fire and “facing heightened scrutiny.”

A leading voice in the choir of opposition comes from former Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding who has made abundantly clear that the infiltration of Huawei technology in budding 5G networks would serve as a direct threat to United States national security. Spaulding’s recommendations include “pushing Huawei and ZTE out of other democracies” [Source: Bloomberg].

Despite growing international concern from global leaders in the race to the digital future, Sprint and T-Mobile refuse to take a stand against the telecom giant. Despite multiple opportunities, they refuse to commit to the American public that, if their proposed merger goes through, the “new T-Mobile” will not use Huawei technology in its 5G rollout.

KEY POINTS:

  • Huawei is facing heightened scrutiny as phone carriers prepare to roll out fifth-generation technology in which the company is a leading competitor. 5G is designed to support a vast expansion of networks to serve medical devices, self-driving cars and other technology. That increases the cost of potential security failures and has prompted governments increasingly to treat telecoms communications networks as strategic assets.
    • [Huawei] suffered a new blow last week when Polish authorities announced one of its Chinese employees was arrested on spying charges. Huawei announced it fired the employee and said the allegations had nothing to do with the company.

 

  • Ren is the father of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.

 

  • Huawei’s U.S. market evaporated in 2012 after a congressional panel said the company and its smaller Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., were security risks and urged phone companies to avoid them.

The full Associated Press report is available HERE.

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