Michael Kahn

Business Solutions Group has been serving the Mt. Prospect area since 2009, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Dire Days Ahead for Huawei

Dire Days Ahead for Huawei

As the world’s top telecom supplier and a major phone manufacturer, Huawei has been placed in a precarious situation due to its close ties with China’s government. In response to potential spying allegations, many countries have banned the use of the Chinese company’s networking equipment, throwing a wrench in the manufacturer’s plans to become an even bigger global force in the telecom industry.

To make matters even more suspicious for Huawei, its founder and president, Zhengfei Ren, worked as a military technologist for the People’s Liberation Army before his company’s founding in 1987. It’s a common theory that Huawei is actually state-owned, even though the company maintains that it is employee-owned.

What’s the Situation So Far?

In January 2018, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned consumers against purchasing Huawei phones. In the months following, it was revealed that Facebook had provided Huawei with special access to user data, and Huawei had also cheated on a benchmark test.

In January 2019, Huawei was indicted on 23 counts of alleged trade secret theft and fraud. A few months later in March, a British watchdog organization confirmed that Huawei products were at a much greater risk than other devices. In April, Vodafone revealed the existence of hidden backdoors in equipment provided by Huawei; furthermore, the CIA stated that the Chinese state security were funding Huawei, which is suspicious to say the least.

In May, the United States president issued a national security executive order that practically banned Huawei devices. This proclamation was called Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain. According to the United States Department of Commerce:

"The executive order prohibits transactions that involve information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary whenever the secretary of commerce determines that a transaction would pose a threat to national security."

Basically, this was meant to deter companies in the United States from using technology produced by companies that were deemed to be a threat to national security… in other words, Huawei.

Huawei’s Response to the Executive Order

It’s no surprise that Huawei is not a proponent of these restrictions. Besides denying its products create security threats, the company has gone on the record implying that its inability to do business in the United States could affect the 5G cellular revolution. Huawei also claims that these restrictions could cause Americans to lose jobs.

Recent Developments

In late July, more than 600 workers were laid off at Futurewei, Huawei’s research and development subsidiary in the United States. Either way, there is a considerable amount of pushback in the technology industry regarding this ban on sales, which have since led to decreased measures instigated against Huawei. The company’s chairman, Liang Hua, has expressed interest in implementing a “no-spy agreement” with the United States.

What are your thoughts on the way that this Huawei situation is being handled? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to our blog.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Newsletter Sign Up

  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Mobile? Grab this Article!

      QR-Code dieser Seite

      Blog Archive

      Recent Comments

      Tip of the Week: How to Find the Best VPN for Your Privacy
      06 October 2019
      By using the EPFO app Important Note: To check your EPF balance, make sure that the employer has act...
      Tip of the Week: How to Find the Best VPN for Your Privacy
      27 September 2019
      How to trace an inoperative EPF account? How to trace an old Employee Provident Fund a/c? What is EP...
      Tip of the Week: How to Find the Best VPN for Your Privacy
      19 September 2019
      To say the truth I am very impressed by what you told. You share tons of interesting info, neat and ...
      Tip of the Week: How to Find the Best VPN for Your Privacy
      11 September 2019
      Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. I'm happy I found this blog. Thank you for shar...
      Tip of the Week: How to Foil A Phishing Attack By ID’ing a Bad URL
      30 August 2019
      Great work done here by you, mate. I wasn't expecting such a top notch article from you, so it's ple...

      Upcoming Events

      No events