For Immediate Release: January 28, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
NYT: In All Out Push, U.S. and Allies Fight Against Huawei
Still Crickets From “New T-Mobile” on National Security Threats
Washington, D.C. – This weekend, a New York Times report revealed the all-out push from a long list of nations, led by the United States, against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as the digital global community races to build 5G networks.
The United States first sounded the alarms on Huawei back in 2012 after a congressional panel said Huawei and ZTE posed grave national security risks to the American public. As a result, Huawei’s U.S. market evaporated and the government advised phone companies not to use Huawei or ZTE technologies.
Despite all of this, in discussing their proposed mega-merger, T-Mobile and Sprint have refused to commit to the American public to exclude Huawei from building 5G infrastructure.
Now, national security concerns held by the United States and other global leaders have continued to swell. This piece highlights these concerns:
The [Trump] administration contends that the world is engaged in a new arms race — one that involves technology, rather than conventional weaponry, but poses just as much danger to America’s national security. In an age when the most powerful weapons, short of nuclear arms, are cyber-controlled, whichever country dominates 5G will gain an economic, intelligence and military edge for much of this century.
Nervousness about Chinese technology has long existed in the United States, fueled by the fear that the Chinese could insert a “back door” into telecom and computing networks that would allow Chinese security services to intercept military, government and corporate communications.
For months, the White House has been drafting an executive order, expected in the coming weeks, that would effectively ban United States companies from using Chinese-origin equipment in critical telecommunications networks. That goes far beyond the existing rules, which ban such equipment only from government networks.
The NYT piece in its entirety can be accessed HERE.