For Immediate Release: November 14, 2018
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FierceWireless: Mike Rogers’ Outlines Threats Posed By Huawei & ZTE in U.S. Telecom Networks
Washington, D.C. – Today, FierceWireless reports on former U.S. Representative and Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers’, detailed explanation of the national security threats posed by the use of Huawei and ZTE equipment in telecommunication networks. He explains the extremely close ties both companies have to the Chinese government, who are under suspicion of using Huawei tools for spying on foreign networks. Rogers points out that Canada, Great Britain, and Australia have all banned or warned against use of Huawei and ZTE equipment in 5G build outs and calls it “absolutely naive” to not pay close attention to these issues.
The article can be read in full here and is excerpted below:
[M]uch of the current opposition to Huawei and ZTE can be traced back to a 2012 report on the topic by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the U.S. House of Representatives, authored by Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger. That report helped set the groundwork for much of today’s challenges against Huawei and ZTE.
What’s more, the authors of that report haven’t backed off their initial findings.
“Our concerns remain as strong as they were six years ago when we published our report,” the two wrote in in the Wall Street Journal in May, adding that “the U.S. should be doing more to guarantee that China isn’t listening in to American phone conversations.”
Rogers, for his part, most recently raised the issue again during a media event held by a new nonprofit organization called “Protect America’s Wireless.” The organization is working to block the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile on national security concerns, although Rogers spend much of his time at the event laying out his case against Huawei and ZTE in general. Rogers—a former U.S. representative who previously chaired the House Intelligence Committee and who is currently a CNN national security commentator—only acknowledged the proposed Sprint and T-Mobile merger in relation to Sprint’s parent company SoftBank, which has purchased equipment from Huawei.