For Immediate Release: December 10, 2018
Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
ICYMI: Conservative Opinion Leader Weighs in with Blockbuster Warning on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger:
“By building a 5G network backed by Chinese tech, Sprint and T-Mobile could help the Chinese government spy on American communications.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, on the heels of the arrest of Huawei’s, The Federalist’s Kevin Currie sounds the alarm on T-Mobile and Sprint’s ties to Huawei, and the mounting concerns about the threat the proposed merger causes to our national security.
Huawei has garnered global attention after reports of cyber espionage. Given the new developments, it’s imperative that the FCC focuses on Huawei’s links to the proposed T-Mobile Sprint merger, and the damage that could come from allowing Huawei technology into two of the largest telecom companies and networks.
Currie, a conservative analysts, writes “every American should register their concern. It isn’t just T-Mobile and Sprint customers who are affected by this. Anyone who calls a T-Mobile number or sends a text message to a Sprint phone may have his communications listened to in Beijing. It should concern all of us that two American companies would have these kinds of connections to deeply controversial foreign firms.”
Key points from The Federalist piece are below and is available in full here:
This case also puts back into the spotlight a live issue that concerns many Americans: the proposed merger between two American cell phone giants, Sprint and T-Mobile. On the surface, the merger looks like business as usual, with the companies asserting that their deal will empower them to build a nationwide 5G network. But there’s an undisclosed risk, and it should worry anyone concerned about Chinese snooping into Americans’ private communications.
One of the likely candidates to help build that new 5G network is none other than Huawei. They’ve had a long-time working relationship with Sprint, and they, along with another Chinese company, ZTE, could end up providing the backbone and infrastructure powering a new Sprint-T-Mobile network.
… Concerns about Huawei and its ties to Chinese intelligence are significant enough that, earlier this year, the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and three other American intelligence agencies declared flat-out that Americans shouldn’t be using Huawei technology. It was an astonishing display of certainty from intelligence agencies, which tend to operate in probabilities.
Huawei hasn’t helped its case. There’s been worldwide concern about the security of its products. At the Defcon hacking convention, two researchers made headlines when they revealed that routers made by Huawei contained countless vulnerabilities.
… The other company that may help to build the Sprint/T-Mobile 5G network, ZTE, arouses similar suspicions. ZTE is a Chinese telecom giant whose ties to the Chinese government run deep, and raise real questions about how it would do business in the United States. These issues led the U.S. military to ban the sale of ZTE devices on U.S. military bases. In a rare moment of bipartisanship, lawmakers from both parties have stated that ZTE technology poses a national security risk to the United States.
… The bottom line is this: by building a 5G network backed by Chinese technology, Sprint and T-Mobile could end up inviting into the United States a mechanism for the Chinese government to spy on American communications. Under the cover of a lightning-fast cell phone network, we may be inadvertently handing the Chinese government lightning-fast access to our most private communications.