& cplSiteName &

Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security

Ray Le Maistre
12/20/2012
50%
50%

9:10 AM -- In its latest effort to counter claims that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s technology is a security threat to countries such as the U.S., the vendor's global head of cyber security, John Suffolk, has published a blog quoting his CEO, Ren Zhengfei.

It's not significant that a Huawei executive has posted such a blog, but it is unusual for Ren, who was recently inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame, to be publicly quoted, as Light Reading contributing editor Robert Clark points out in this analysis. In amongst the commentary (and unnecessary corporate messaging) there are some notable quotes attributed to the CEO, including: "We are determined to make internal adjustments to ensure that our equipment is the most secure, transparent, high-quality equipment in the world."

But by whose standards? Well, Suffolk addresses that in a statement of his own, writing that Huawei must "promote independent transparent external verification of our products. Really ensuring that we use the talents eyes and hands of experts from around the world to ensure they audit, inspect, test, poke and prod our technology to reduce the likelihood of anything untoward from being included."

I wonder whether that would even be enough for the U.S. politicians, and others around the world, who want any technology associated with China kept away from their countries' communications networks.

Blogs and verbal missives are all part of the process to turn the tide and get people to trust Huawei but it's going to take a lot more to influence those that make the decisions about critical network systems.

For more



– Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Chhilar
50%
50%
Chhilar,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/5/2013 | 2:03:37 AM
re: Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security


Just as big an issue for Huawei is selling optical gear near cost and killing margins for companies like ALU and NSN.   Once you drive ALU and NSN out of the market, then you can jack your prices back up.  

rahat.hussain
50%
50%
rahat.hussain,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/5/2013 | 2:03:34 AM
re: Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security


i clicked on the link and read the first few lines ...


A company that is shaking up the world in terms of technology, a company committed to science, engineering and R&D, but fundamentally a company whose passion is for its customers and their customers to make the world a better place through the use of technology.


.. as i started choking, i realized this blog was hazardous to my health.


so i stopped reading. i am sure there's some good stuff in the rest of the blog, but you have been warned.


- odo


 

krishanguru143
50%
50%
krishanguru143,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/5/2013 | 2:03:33 AM
re: Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security


 

It is extremely hard to trust Chinese companies when time and time again, they have no problems stealing IP property, flooding the market with cheap goods, subsidized by the Chinese government, forcing companies out of business and then jacking prices up or refusing to export.  Gee, I wonder why no one trusts them.


 

paolo.franzoi
50%
50%
paolo.franzoi,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/5/2013 | 2:03:30 AM
re: Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security


The reason the Chinese people earn less is that their government artificially keeps down the value of their currency.  If you want to see what happens to wages under free floating currency in these conditions, see India.  Used to be on a par with China.  Now about 1/2 - 2/3rds of a US employee.  On top of that Chinese companies are subsidized for exports.


seven


 

xaqtiv
50%
50%
xaqtiv,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/5/2013 | 2:03:30 AM
re: Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security


In the 1970's, Americans were accusing Japanese companies of stealing US semiconductor and computing industrial secrets.  In the 1980's, Americans set up quota for Japanese import cars.  Now, it is China's turn to take this as the fall guy.  In the heat of people losing their jobs, in this case is in telecom, you can see a lot of negative comments about their competitors from people who do not feel secured about their jobs.  The reality is that Chinese engineers are earning 1/6 as much as American engineers. Chinese vendors do not need government subsidies to be cost-competitive. 

kruecke
50%
50%
kruecke,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/5/2013 | 2:03:24 AM
re: Huawei CEO Weighs In on Security


I choked big time as well reading Suffolk's blog... The only thing Huawei has a passion for is subverting the rule of law by any means necessary to win deals, period. They don't give a damn about customers.

More Blogs from AsiaBlog
Staff humiliation strategy goes viral in China
Are you watching, Europe?
Security concerns scupper China Mobile investment in Taiwanese operator
Major carrier plans a near 50% hike in annual spending, with LTE TDD getting a healthy chunk
The Chinese vendors hike their intellectual property investments and ask everyone to play nice with patents
From The Founder
Download our complete guide to de-risking NFV deployment in 2016, including:
  • An eight-step strategy to deploying NFV safely, based on input from the companies that have already started virtualizing their production networks.
  • Interviews with leading executives at Colt, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Nokia, ZTE, Ericsson and Heavy Reading.
  • Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Prepping for the Future: Upskill U Explained
    During this short kick-off video, Doug Webster, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, Cisco, and Light Reading’s CEO & Founder Steve Saunders give an overview of Upskill U.
    LRTV Interviews
    Demand Surges for On-Demand Ads

    5|5|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Ed Knudson, VP, Product and Strategy at Canoe Ventures, discusses the rising appeal of VoD ads and the challenges on inserting ads dynamically in live TV programming.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Exclusive: Video Interview With Sckipio CEO David Baum

    5|5|16   |     |   (0) comments


    At his headquarters in Tel Aviv, G.fast visionary David Baum, CEO of Sckipio, provided an exclusive interview to Light Reading and showed how innovations in rate and reach, vector densities, fast reconnecting times and SFP-based residential gateways are expanding the potential of G.fast.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Atrinet's NetACE – Migration to NFV & SDN With NetOps-Driven LSO

    5|4|16   |     |   (0) comments


    At Atrinet's headquarters, Ray Le Maistre sits down with Roy Silon to get an in-depth look into the company's focus and the secret recipe for their success.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Amsterdam ArenA, Powered by Huawei

    5|4|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Huawei's ICT solutions power the state-of-the-art Amsterdam ArenA, turning it into a smart stadium.
    LRTV Interviews
    Testing When There's No 'There' There

    5|4|16   |     |   (1) comment


    The benefits of SDN/NFV are well known, but the transition comes with some challenges, prominent among them is: how do you test a network that has been abstracted and has the potential to be endlessly reconfigurable? Light Reading was at NFV World Congress in Santa Clara, Calif., where we bumped into Mats Nordlund, CEO and co-founder of Netrounds, a Swedish ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Ditching the Slash & the Orchestration Wars

    5|3|16   |     |   (2) comments


    SDN and NFV have been inextricably bound with each other for so long that on a conceptual level, smooshing them together into one catch-all phrase – SDNFV – is now justifiable, according to Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Light Reading spoke to Pitt at the NFV World Congress, where he explained that the next ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    ZTE TV Connect Highlights

    5|3|16   |     |   (0) comments


    ZTE gives us a tour of its booth and new products at TV Connect in London.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Deluxe's Unified Delivery Solution

    5|3|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Join Alan Breznick of Light Reading and visit the Deluxe booth at NAB! Here you'll find Deluxe's Unified Delivery Solution, OTT video, virtual reality, HDR, 4K and much more!
    LRTV Interviews
    Verizon Puts Gray Boxes in the Shade

    5|2|16   |   04:33   |   (1) comment


    When it comes to the white box trend, "gray" boxes, which have a slight proprietary twist, don't give service providers and end users the advantages they're seeking, according to Verizon's Vice President of Product and New Business Innovation Shawn Hakl.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Dealing With a Disrupted Video Market

    5|2|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Ericsson's Simon Frost discusses how traditional pay-TV providers can cope with the big changes wrought by the rise of OTT video and IP technology.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The VNF Responsibility of Red Hat

    5|2|16   |     |   (0) comments


    At MWC, Caroline Chappell of Heavy Reading visits the Red Hat booth and sits down with Chris Wright to talk about the responsibility the VNF needs to take on in order to ensure the operators get the carrier-grade performance they expect for their network.
    LRTV Interviews
    AT&T Expert on the Key Pillars of UC

    4|29|16   |   03:58   |   (0) comments


    Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP of product marketing at AT&T, talks about the three developments that are making unified communications and collaboration secure and reliable for enterprise users.
    Upcoming Live Events
    May 23, 2016, Austin, TX
    May 23, 2016, Austin Convention Center
    May 24-25, 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    December 6-8, 2016,
    June 16-18, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
    Hot Topics
    Amazon AWS Reports $2.6B Quarterly Revenue, Up a Colossal 64%
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 4/28/2016
    WiCipedia: Woman Cards & Bitch Switches
    Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 4/29/2016
    Sprint CEO: Our Spectrum Is for 5G
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/3/2016
    Amazon & Other 'Big 4' Cloud Providers Crushing Competitors
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 4/29/2016
    Rovi Reels in TiVo for $1.1B
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/29/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
    Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
    Animals with Phones
    Sloth Mail Click Here
    Sloth mail -- somehow even slower than snail mail.
    Live Digital Audio

    Of all the tech companies in the Valley, Intel has made the most aggressive commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. It's doing so by taking concrete, measurable steps, making a large financial investment and through a commitment to complete transparency about its progress. In this radio show, WiC Director Sarah Thomas will be joined by Shlomit Weiss, Intel's Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager of Networking Engineering, who will share with us why Intel is tackling this huge challenge, how and to what effect. She will also discuss her unique experiences leading development of Client SOC development in the past and today leading development of all of the chipmaker's silicon hardware for networking IPs and discrete devices and managing a team of 600 engineers across Israel, Europe and the US.