For Immediate Release: February 28, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
Media Reports Highlight National Security Experts’ Huawei Warnings Around “New T-Mobile” At Capitol Hill Briefing This Week
Washington, D.C. — This week, media reports highlighted new comments from national security experts including House Intel Chairman Mike Rogers, Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, and Truman National Security Project’s Bishop Garrison on the potential of Huawei’s integration into our telecommunications systems and how it relates to the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
T-Mobile and Sprint continue to only make vague pledges to not use Huawei equipment-- far from the specific and enforceable commitments that regulators and policymakers should demand. The “new T-Mobile” must make the commitment that T-Mobile, Sprint, or their parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, will not use Huawei equipment to build out their 5G infrastructure, in the United States or around the world.
By Mariam Baksh
February 26, 2019
- Mike Rogers, former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said: “What they're saying is we're going to accept this national security risk and well good, for you, but I think it's a really bad decision, because once [Huawei is] in, they're in, you're not getting them out…Any business you do outside the United States, you bring that infection with you.”
February 25, 2019
By Kelcee Griffis
- Rear Admiral (Ret.) David G. Simpson said: “The FCC is uniquely positioned to address these issues before they become debilitating for the future. Rigorous security scrutiny should factor into the FCC’s review of Sprint and T-Mobile’s proposed merger.”
American Security Project: Event Recap: National Security, Telecommunications and 5G – Using All Tools to Stop Cyber Espionage
February 27, 2019
- “The American Security Project brought together foreign policy and cybersecurity experts on Capitol Hill to address the security concerns derived from the pending Sprint and T-Mobile merger and its relation to Huawei-produced equipment. Both telecom carriers are foreign-owned, sparking questions whether the U.S. national security risk is worth the trade-off for rapid 5G deployment.”
- “In its quest to achieve 5G global dominance, the Chinese telecom giant allegedly incentivized its employees to steal intellectual property, engage in money laundering, and spy on its competitors. Despite these allegations, T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger has created discussion about their possible deployment of Huawei-produced 5G equipment in networks overseas, thereby inciting U.S. national security and privacy concerns.”
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