List of countries with espionage fears about Huawei is growing — fast

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

WaPo: “List of countries with espionage fears about Huawei is growing — fast”

Sprint/T-Mobile’s Parent Company Building 5G w/ Huawei Equipment

 

WASHINGTON, DC – This weekend, the Washington Post underscored the fears held by the global digital community about Huawei’s dangerous track record of cyber espionage. It’s no wonder the telecom giant is “attracting growing scrutiny internationally.” A long and furiously growing list of countries want nothing to do with Huawei, especially when it comes to building 5G infrastructure.

That’s why it’s particularly scary that a parent company of the “new T-Mobile”, Deutsche Telekom, is building the 5G infrastructure in Poland with Huawei equipment.

What’s more -- in discussing their proposed merger, T-Mobile and Sprint have refused to commit to the American public to exclude Huawei from building 5G infrastructure.

THE LIST

UNITED STATES

  • Pressure on Huawei has increased recently as the United States has pushed its allies to think twice about using Huawei’s technology.
  • U.S. skepticism of Huawei goes back to at least 2012, when the House Intelligence Committee issued a report that said that the company’s equipment could be used to spy on Americans and should be deemed a national security threat. After that, most U.S. firms avoided the use of its technology

CANADA

  • The Canadian government is also facing bipartisan pressure from the United States to block Huawei technology from its 5G network infrastructure.

POLAND

  • Polish authorities announced this week that they had detained an employee of Huawei and charged him with spying on behalf of China. A Polish citizen who worked for the company’s main business partner in the country was also arrested.
  • The moves are especially notable as Huawei had a considerable footprint in Poland, which had not limited its partnership with the company in the way some other European nations have. Last year, the Polish government said it would collaborate with the company on a 5G cellular network.

AUSTRALIA

 

  • In August, the Australian government announced it was barring Huawei and another Chinese company, ZTE, from providing 5G technology in the country.

 

  • “This is about more than just protecting the confidentiality of our information — it is also about integrity and availability of the data and systems on which we depend. Getting security right for our critical infrastructure is paramount,” Australian Signals Directorate director-general Mike Burgess told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s national security dinner in October.

NEW ZEALAND

  • Authorities in New Zealand followed Australia’s lead in November and banned the use of Huawei’s 5G equipment in the country.
  • A local company named Spark New Zealand announced Nov. 28 that its proposal to use the Chinese technology had been blocked by the director general of the Government Communications Security Bureau, New Zealand’s national security agency.
  • “The Director-General has informed Spark today that he considers Spark’s proposal to use Huawei 5G equipment in Spark’s planned 5G RAN would, if implemented, raise significant national security risks,” Spark New Zealand said in a statement.

JAPAN

  • “In order to secure cybersecurity, we are aware that it is extremely important to make sure we would not procure equipment with functions of malicious intention,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference Monday.

The Washington Post article in full can be accessed HERE.

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