AT&T urged to cut Huawei ties by U.S. officials over national security

Frederick Owens
January 17, 2018

According to a report out of Reuters this morning, USA lawmakers are urging AT&T to further cut commercial ties with China-based smartphone manufacturer Huawei.

Huawei may have been dealt another blow, alongside fellow Chinese tech OEM ZTE as a report carried by TechCrunch claims that a bill has been proposed in the U.S Congress which seeks to ban all U.S agencies with contractors or service providers that use any equipment from either company for security reasons. The government also wants Cricket, an AT&T subsidiary, to stop selling Huawei-branded smartphones. "This accords with the joint interests of both", said Lu Kang, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.

AT&T declined to comment but said that it has made no decisions on 5G suppliers, according to Reuters.

"The next wave of wireless communication has enormous economic and national security implications".

AT&T urged to cut Huawei ties by U.S. officials over national security

Huawei was planning on finally making its big carrier debut in the United States this year, but at the last minute AT&T pulled out of talks and Huawei was forced to announce the Mate 10 Pro without a us carrier partner and launch it as an unlocked device instead.

Huawei has already told Reuters that it works with 45 of the worlds Top 50 carriers and that privacy and security are a top priority.

Two congressional aides, who are unnamed, told Reuters that government officials fear that the increasing dominance of Chinese companies, such as Huawei, could threaten the country's security. China Mobile applied for the license in 2011, and the application is pending before the Federal Communications Commission.

"Chinese commercial technology is a vehicle for the Chinese government to spy on United States federal agencies, posing a severe national security threat", Mr. Conaway said when he introduced his proposal banning certain foreign companies last week. Subsequent reports suggested Russian state-sponsored hackers exploited Kaspersky antivirus software to steal classified documents from a USA government employee's home computer. The news follows a recent bill proposal that seeks to ban United States government agencies from contracting with firms that use Huawei hardware.

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