For Immediate Release: February 06, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
Senate Commerce Committee Hearing On 5G Centers On National Security Concerns
Today, Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement on the Senate Commerce Committee hearing, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States”:
“Many assumed today’s hearing would focus on the consumer benefits of 5G and the regulatory hurdles that must be overcome to hasten 5G deployment. But despite its title, today’s hearing was not as much about the ‘race to 5G’ but rather the threat from Huawei and ZTE. There is a clear, bipartisan consensus that there are serious national security issues in allowing the Chinese to dictate the 5G future. Any company purporting to build a 5G network is going to face enormous scrutiny, especially when it comes to foreign investment and foreign components.
“The concerns raised today should raise the alarm bells on the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, which purports to be America’s pathway to 5G. No one in the wireless industry has a closer relationship with Huawei than T-Mobile and Sprint, and Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, is inseparable from Huawei, so much so that Deutsche Telekom has launched a campaign to defend Huawei in Europe while the U.S. government does the opposite.
“The United States government must use every tool at its disposal to combat the Chinese 5G threat and the most omnipresent roadblock to eliminating Huawei and ZTE from the 5G networks of our allies is Deutsche Telekom. To that end, U.S. policy makers should demand that Deutsche Telekom abandon its use of Huawei and ZTE equipment in networks around the globe. Deutsche Telekom would be the largest shareholder of the ‘new T-Mobile,’ owning 42 percent of shares. If Deutsche Telekom wants access to U.S. consumers, it should agree to protect U.S. national security interests.
“We heard again and again today that Huawei cannot control our digital future. We need more scrutiny into this merger now and look forward to the House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary committees holding T-Mobile and Sprint executives accountable next week.”
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