Briefing: US warns allies away from Huawei's equipment

25 November, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • People walk past a sign board of Huawei at CES Asia 2018 in Shanghai. —Reuters

The US is reportedly urging governments and telecoms providers in allied countries to follow its lead and prevent the use of Huawei's networking equipment in their mobile and fixed infrastructure.

The push, which was detailed by the Wall Street Journal today, is said to have seen American officials reach out to both government counterparts and telecommunications executives. Countries in which the U.S. has a military base, such as Germany, Italy and Japan, are of particular interest.

The U.S. government is even weighing financial support for countries who shun Chinese equipment and develop their own.

For those who came in late, the United States government is convinced that the Chinese government is using Huawei gear to spy on its networks.

The U.S. has apparently warned other countries not to use equipment from Huawei. Huawei holds a 22% share of the global telecom equipment market, but they've been largely shut out of the USA market already.

Some key US allies have already put Huawei under the microscope. Ltd equipment being deployed by communications service providers, particularly in countries that host U.S. military bases.

Huawei is effectively blacklisted from supplying to the U.S. government contractors and more unofficially, from commercial carriers and operators too.

The Chinese firm published a report saying that "surprised by the behaviors of the us government".

Huawei equipment increases the risk of cyberattacks and could allow China to spy on communications or disable connections in the fast growing "internet of things", the United States officials argue. Today a new report from Wall Street reveals that the USA lawmakers have made a decision to extend its warning to all of its allies.

The warnings come as many countries prepare to roll out 5G, which Huawei provides tech for. "If a government's behaviour extends beyond its jurisdiction, such activity should not be encouraged", it said to the Wall Street Journal.



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