Huawei willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements, Trump preps ban of foreign telecoms firms

Huawei says it's willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements with governments while Trump prepares an order to ban foreign telecoms firms over security concerns.

During a business conference in London, Huawei chairman Liang Hua said:

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard.”

The suggestion comes amid growing concern from Huawei that it...

Pompeo: China wants 'to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed China wants ‘to divide Western alliances through bits and bytes’ amid threat to reduce UK security cooperation if the country allows Huawei in national 5G networks.

Pompeo was on a brief visit to the UK and warned the country not to ‘go wobbly’ over 5G security – paraphrasing what Margaret Thatcher once famously told late US President George H.W. Bush.

“In China, we face a new kind of challenge; an authoritarian regime that’s integrated...

Vodafone discovered backdoors in Huawei telecoms equipment

Telecoms giant Vodafone has revealed it discovered backdoors in equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei that could have enabled spying.

Acknowledging the discoveries to Bloomberg, Vodafone said the vulnerabilities date back years. The issues have since been patched, but Vodafone claims they remained for some time after Huawei claimed they'd been fixed.

If exploited, the backdoors reportedly would have...

China's UK Ambassador: ‘Global Britain’ should make its own Huawei decision

China's ambassador to the UK has urged the government not to be influenced by allies when making its decision whether or not to ban Huawei from 5G networks.

Beijing’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, called on the government to make its own determination on the issue rather than follow allies like the US and Australia in banning Chinese telecoms equipment from official networks.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Liu wrote:

Leak of meeting to decide Huawei’s UK 5G network fate causes fury

Politicians and security agencies have expressed fury over the leak of a sensitive meeting to decide if the UK should allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

Leaked information from a National Security Council (NSC) meeting appeared in the press on Wednesday just a day after it was held. Prime Minister Theresa May was in attendance to discuss if Huawei poses a substantial risk with security chiefs.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, said:

“This Tory government...

Chinese government launches Ericsson antitrust investigation

Ericsson has received a surprise visit from Chinese regulators who've launched an antitrust investigation against the Swedish vendor.

China's market regulator launched the investigation over alleged complaints against Ericsson’s intellectual property licensing practices.

An Ericsson spokesperson said:

“Ericsson will cooperate fully with this investigation.

We license our industry-leading patents portfolio on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

US security officials plan for allies using Huawei 5G gear

US security officials acknowledge that some allies will continue using Huawei 5G gear despite their warnings and have planned accordingly.

Sue Gordon, the deputy to the director of the U.S. intelligence community, gave her views on the situation during a conference last week.

“We are going to have to figure out a way in a 5G world that we’re able to manage the risks in a diverse network that includes technology that we can’t trust,” said Gordon. “We’re just going to have to...

Trump: We’re going to build a great(er) firewall of America

President Donald Trump has accelerated the tech race against China by announcing plans to build a ‘great(er) firewall of America’.

The so-called ‘Great Firewall of China’ provides internet censorship in the country by preventing access to certain websites and slowing down cross-border traffic.

“Not keeping pace with China’s progressive attitudes to internet censorship was yet another failure of the Obama administration,” says Trump. “We’re going to change...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Government, N America, Privacy, Surveillance.

UK issues first Huawei security report since US ban pressure

The UK’s dedicated Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has issued its first report since the US increased pressure to ban the firm.

HCSEC is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and its oversight board issues annual reports raising any concerns about the company’s practices.

Last year’s report was noted as the first where HCSEC could no longer assure that risks had been...

Three UK: Banning Huawei will delay our 5G rollout

Three UK is the latest operator to voice concern that banning Huawei equipment will delay its 5G rollout.

David Dyson, CEO of Three UK, warned that such a ban would delay the rollout of 5G services by up to 18 months.

"We've already started to deploy equipment for when we launch 5G in the second half of the year," he said. "So if we had to change vendor now, we would take a big step backwards and probably cause a delay of 12 to 18 months."

The UK is under pressure from the US to ban...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation, Security.

Huawei’s US lawsuit will either backfire or prove its innocence

Huawei's lawsuit against the US government is a bold gamble that will either backfire or prove claims about the Chinese firm are unfounded.

The company has been embattled with the US for many years but has recently come under increased pressure ahead of 5G rollouts. Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government earlier this month for what it called ‘unconstitutional’ treatment.

The US has been pressuring its allies not to...

US officials claim the UK’s approach to 5G security is ‘deeply concerning’

Officials from the Trump administration have warned the UK's approach to 5G security is ‘deeply concerning’.

Senior officials criticised the UK's long-standing approach of testing Chinese equipment prior to use in critical infrastructure. According to them, it's not enough.

Equipment is tested at the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in Banbury, Oxfordshire. HCSEC said it was confident the equipment poses no threat until a recent report which highlighted concerns about...

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Europe to ease investment concerns

Chinese President Xi Jinping is flying to Europe in a bid to ease concerns around his nation’s investments in areas such as telecoms.

Xi will be visiting Italy as a priority ahead of the Italian government expected to join China's global trade infrastructure programme. An Italian official said last week that Rome would sign a memorandum of understanding with Beijing to support a US$1 trillion initiative known as the ‘New Silk Road’.

Other European nations have expressed concerns about...

EU Parliament has ‘deep concerns’ about Chinese 5G gear while German spooks brand Huawei untrustworthy

The EU Parliament has stated it has ‘deep concerns’ about Chinese 5G gear while German intelligence officials brand Huawei's gear untrustworthy.

Europe has been fairly open to Chinese telecoms vendors in the past, so companies such as Huawei were hopeful European countries wouldn't follow the likes of the US and Australia in banning equipment.

To be clear – the EU Parliament hasn't yet banned Chinese 5G equipment, but its comments today are pretty damning.

“MEPs...

T-Mobile resists extending price freeze if Sprint merger proceeds

T-Mobile CEO John Legere resisted a call to freeze consumer prices for longer than his company’s three-year pledge if the Sprint merger proceeds.

Speaking to a House Judiciary Committee, Legere responded to questions from Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Judiciary Committee Antitrust Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who requested a price cap of more than three years.

“Why not make a price commitment for four or five years?” McBath asked.

“I will keep the pricing plans everyone has for three...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Vodafone: Banning Huawei would be costly and slow our 5G rollout

Vodafone has chimed-in on whether the UK government should ban the use of Huawei 5G equipment in national networks.

The operator has Huawei equipment installed in a third of its base stations. If the government were to ban the Chinese vendor’s gear, Vodafone would have quite a task replacing it all.

Speaking to Reuters, Vodafone UK CTO Scott Petty said:

“If we were forced...

T-Mobile pledges to take on ‘the cableopoly’ in Sprint merger bid

T-Mobile has promised it will take on cable firms as part of its latest attempt to woo regulators into authorising the Sprint merger.

In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims the combined firms will be able to solve the lack of broadband connectivity in some rural areas:

“With the New T-Mobile and our unique 5G capabilities, we’ll be able to offer a fast and reliable alternative for in-home broadband –...

Huawei is suing the US for ‘unconstitutional’ 5G ban

Huawei believes it’s being unfairly treated by the US and is suing the government in a bid to overturn a ban of its equipment.

On Wednesday, the Chinese telecoms giant paid a visit to Eastern Texas’ federal district court to request a permanent injunction against the ban.

Huawei is even seeking a declaratory judgement the ban was unconstitutional.

The US has banned Huawei over fears of Beijing state control and that its equipment could be used for surveillance purposes. It has been lobbying its...

Turnbull: ‘Beggars belief’ no Five Eyes member has a leading 5G vendor

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull gave his views on the use of Chinese telecoms equipment in Western networks during an event in London.

Australia was among the first to ban Chinese vendors from its national 5G networks, and it was one of Turnbull’s final decisions before he was replaced.

Speaking to an audience at the Henry Jackson Society, which included many prominent British MPs, Turnbull said:

“One of the final decisions made while I was prime minister, as a decision...

Huawei CFO is suing Canada for unlawful conduct during arrest​​​​​​​

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is suing Canadian authorities for alleged unlawful conduct following her arrest in the country last December.

According to Meng’s lawyers, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) delayed executing her arrest warrant in a bid to extract added evidence from her before she was arrested.

Her lawyers further alleged the officers breached Meng’s right to privacy during the luggage search. The lawsuit claims border officials “knew or were recklessly...