Reuters: Once Huawei Latches On, They Never Let Go.

Reuters: Once Huawei Latches On, They Never Let Go

T-Mobile and Sprint Remain Firmly in their Grip

 

WASHINGTON, DC -- Reuters reports that AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said that China’s telecom giant Huawei, known for its long track record of cyber espionage, is making it very difficult for European carriers to drop Huawei for next-generation 5G buildouts. 

All of this teaches an obvious lesson: once Huawei latches on, they never let go. It also raises an interesting question: Could this be why Sprint has never disclosed whether it complied with the CFIUS requirement to pull Huawei from its network in 2013?

And yet T-Mobile and Sprint refuse to make clear, enforceable commitments not to use Huawei in their planned 5G build-out, if they are allowed to merge. Plus, T-Mobile and Sprint parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and Softbank, have entangled histories with Huawei technology in infrastructure all over the world.

Sometimes, as they say, when you hold something so tight, it slips right through your hands. In this case, it seems like Huawei will be able to maintain an already-tight grip on “the new T-Mobile” for years to come directly undermining the national security of the United States and threatening the privacy of Americans and members of the global digital community.

READ MORE: Reuters: AT&T CEO says China's Huawei hinders carriers from shifting suppliers for 5G

By David Shepardson

March 20, 2019

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