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Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA

5:00 AM -- The hurdles over which Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. must jump in its efforts to become a supplier to Tier 1 US carriers just got even higher.

According to The Washington Post, in late 2009 the US National Security Agency warned AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) that if it wanted to retain high-value business with the US government it should procure next-generation voice equipment from companies other than the Chinese vendor. The carrier subsequently ordered systems from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), the newspaper reports.

Earlier this year, eight US senators raised security concerns about the possible deployment of Huawei equipment by Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) (See US Gets Worried About Huawei .)

Huawei, now one of the world's biggest suppliers of telecom equipment with annual revenues of nearly US$22 billion, is determined to break into the North American market, and has hired various big names to help its cause. (See Where's Matty? and Huawei's Latest US Offensive.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

pdonegan67 12/5/2012 | 4:21:32 PM
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The Financial Times reported a couple of weeks back that Huawei has hired Amerilink, aconsultancy with strong ties to the U.S technology, national security and military community. Amerilink is chaired by Admiral Bill Owens, former Commander of the Sixth Fleet during the Iraq War of 1990-1992, former Vice Chairman of the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former CEO of Nortel Networks. A Huawei executive was quoted by the FT as saying that the company is embarking on “the world’s leading transparency program”. I've been on the receiving end of that outreach myself in the research that I've been doing for an upcoming report on mobile network security. Huawei has been on the back foot for a long time on this issue. That's about to change.

protexx_encrypted 12/5/2012 | 4:21:32 PM
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OMG - are we finally going to be able to make all of our electronic stuff in the US agan. I hope our NSA colleagues are deep in their bunkers in order to withstand all of theunfriendly "incoming" from real solid Red White and Blue American corporations that have moved everything off shore!

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:21:31 PM
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You did notice that neither of the vendors that were used are American right?  In fact you would have to say there are no Global Tier 1 Telecom Equipment companies left in the US.

Cisco and Juniper are as much or more enterprise players.  Ciena...please.  Tellabs...ha ha ha. 




IPGambit 12/5/2012 | 4:21:30 PM
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Rather that worrying about espionage and having the government step in for reasons of national security, I wonder if anyone has actually considered the economic impact to introducing Huawei into an overall ecosystem and what it might ultimately lead to from a sustainable business proposition?

Strategically, Huawei maybe a good tool to manage costs down, however ultimately will the benefits balance out and perhaps be more as Huawei become a more international company.

acohn 12/5/2012 | 4:21:30 PM
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The NSA doesn't want any competition as far as eavesdropping on American phone calls goes.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:21:29 PM
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First thing to fix is to float the RMB.



NewtoAccess 12/5/2012 | 4:21:28 PM
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Do you have some contact information.  I am studying some access equipment vendors and interested in speaking with you, potentially on a consulting basis if needed.  Please let me know if this is a possibility.  i can be reached at 985-eight nine eight-3959

IPGambit 12/5/2012 | 4:21:27 PM
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