Lawmakers said to be behind Huawei's continued USA carrier woes
- Author: Toni Ryan Jan 17, 2018,
Jan 17, 2018, 1:56
United States lawmakers are urging AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile to enter the USA market over so-called national security concerns, two congressional aides said.
This week we see there is a new bill being introduced in Congress to ban USA government agencies from using phones and other telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE. With so much of the production of silicon already taking place in China, there's nearly no way to avoid it if rogue actors did want to get in.
Huawei and Chinese telecom firms have long struggled to gain a toehold in the USA market, partly because of US government pressure on potential US partners.
The news agency quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang as saying he did not know anything about the matter, but hoped that China would be given a fair operating environment in other countries. That includes AT&T current partnership with Huawei on creating a robust next-generation 5G network, as well as AT&T's use of Huawei devices through its discount subsidiary Cricket.
At the start of the month, the carrier binned plans to sell Huawei handsets to customers when members of Congress complained about the idea to federal regulatory bodies.More news: NVIDIA announces Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs) with Android built in
"We hope that China and the U.S. can work hard together to maintain the healthy and stable development of trade and business ties".
"The next wave of wireless communication has enormous economic and national security implications". Now, Reuters is also reporting that U.S. lawmakers did indeed pressure AT&T to drop its plans to carry handsets from the Chinese company.
National security concerns are reportedly cited as the chief reason for opposing the presence of Chinese communications and hardware companies in the US.
Neither of the companies offered official statements, but AT&T did tell Reuters that it's yet to make a decision on 5G suppliers.
Huawei has long protested that its equipment contains no backdoors that could threaten United States communications infrastructure, however. -China Economic and Security Review Commission told Reuters. A December 20 letter by the Senate and House intelligence Committees to the FCC expressed concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese government and the Communist party, despite no evidence of Huawei spying being made public.