US vs. Huawei –
US hasn’t made evidence public but reportedly shared it with UK and Germany.
Telecom-equipment makers who sell products to carriers “are required by law to build into their hardware ways for authorities to access the networks for lawful purposes, “but they” are also required to build equipment in such a way that the manufacturer can’t get access without the consent of the network operator, “the Journal wrote.
US officials say that Huawei has violated these laws, which are enforced in multiple countries, the Journal wrote:
US officials say Huawei has built equipment that secretly preserves the manufacturer’s ability to access networks through these interfaces without the carriers’ knowledge. The officials did not provide details of where they believe Huawei is able [to] access networks. Other manufacturers don’t have the same ability, they said.
“No Huawei employee is allowed to access the network without an explicit approval from the network operator,” a Huawei official said, according to the Journal. The US government has been moving to reduce the amount of Huawei and ZTE equipment in telecom networks. The Federal Communications Commission
voted unanimouslyin November to ban Huawei and ZTE gear in projects paid for by the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF). FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said at the time that Huawei and ZTE “have close ties to China’s Communist government and military apparatus” and “are subject to Chinese laws broadly obligating them to cooperate with any request from the country’s intelligence services and to keep those requests secret .
The ban is expected to hit small carriers the hardest, as Huawei has appealed to small network operators by selling low- cost gear. By contrast, big telcos like AT&T “have long steered clear of Huawei,” a March (Wall Street Journal) report
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