For Immediate Release: March 14, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
Mike Rogers and Senator Rubio are “Getting real about Huawei”
T-Mobile and Sprint Continue to Skirt Around the Issue
Washington, D.C. — This week, two leading Republican national and cyber security voices, Senator Marco Rubio and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, sounded the alarm bells on Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the potential impacts of Chinese infiltration of future 5G networks.
In an interview Wednesday with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney, Senator Rubio made his concerns clear: “Huawei’s presence in this country — and frankly not just this country, but in networks all around the world create a problem.”
Earlier this week, in an op-ed for The Hill, Mike Rogers shone a light on the national security risks posed by Huawei, specifically around future 5G infrastructure. In the piece, Rogers reflects back to 2012 when he and his colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report warning about the major national security threat posed by Huawei and ZTE technologies.
Flash forward back to 2019, and T-Mobile and Sprint and their parent companies Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, in discussing the proposed mega-merger, refuse to make clear, enforceable commitments not to use Huawei in their planned 5G build out. Rogers accurately describes Huawei as “an extension of Chinese intelligence,” and major players across the globe have already moved to restrict the technology in their respective telecommunications networks. The "New T-Mobile’s” silence, then, is deafening.
Key passages follow:
- The United States is not alone in its concern about this threat. Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have taken actions to restrict Huawei and ZTE from their telecommunications networks. Several others are also reportedly considering similar actions.
- The federal government has known about this threat for some time. In 2012, I along with my colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, issued a bipartisan report warning about the major national security threat posed by Huawei and ZTE. The good news here is that the concerns we had raised, which were highly provocative then, are now the view of a bipartisan consensus of national security policymakers in Washington.
- How did China and Huawei become so advanced in the telecommunications race? They did it through intellectual property theft, both state and corporate espionage, cyberwarfare, endless lines of credit from government banks, and forcing companies to hand over critical information like source code to do business.
- The United States won the 4G race, and we will win the 5G race by unleashing the innovative spirit of the American private sector, not by Washington bureaucrats picking the industry winners and losers.
- However, if we turn those time tested and uniquely American principles on their heads, it may well be the Chinese Communist Party leadership in Beijing leading the way.
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