US Blocks Huawei LTE Bid

7:30 AM -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 's latest effort to bid for a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network deal in the U.S. has been blocked by the U.S. government over national security concerns, The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday. And now, Huawei wants to know why.

A U.S. Commerce Department spokesman said Huawei will not participate in building the national wireless network for emergency services "due to U.S. government national-security concerns," according to the report.

Huawei is asking the U.S. government to explain what those concerns are and how it reached this decision. The vendor intimated that such decisions could threaten Huawei's future investment in the country, according to a Bloomberg report.

The project that Huawei has been barred from is the 700MHz LTE public safety demonstration network for emergency first-responders such as police and firefighters.

The news emerged just as Huawei launched a new Android tablet for the U.S. market and revealed its ambition to be one of the top five device suppliers in the country within the next three years. (See Huawei's Springboard Into the US?)

Here's a look back at the Huawei's U.S. efforts:

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krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 4:51:25 PM
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They can't, that is just it.  It is their ties with the Chinese government and the military that is the root issue.  No matter what they say or what China says, it can't/won't be believed.,  The USA is not the only country that has issues with Huawei.

Anne Morris 12/5/2012 | 4:51:25 PM
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Have to admire Huawei's persistence in the face of ongoing resistance! Of course in Feb this year they resorted to an 'open letter' in a somewhat unusual tactic following the collapse of the 3Leaf acquisition. What might they resort to now to persuade the US of A they are AOK?!

optoic 12/5/2012 | 4:51:23 PM
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Huawei is rejected for the security reason in US.  Google was blocked for open internet issue in China.  US and China are trading punches....

larryhowe 12/5/2012 | 4:51:23 PM
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All major global companies that are successful in providing major telecom infrastructure products to the US market are PUBLICLY owned and traded companies.  While not perfect, publicly traded companies are generally more transparent about their background, operation and profitability. Publicly traded companies have a ongoing and never ending review by various financial analysts, customers, and other organizations that insure a consistent, critical, and independent review of the company.

Instead of writing "open" letters to the US population, why doesn't Huawei work to become a more independently verifiable transparent organization by taking steps to become a publicly traded company?

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:51:22 PM
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you are being foolish in your comments.  Maybe you work for Huawei.  

but clearly these are two separate issues.  The google issue is about censorship.  And the USA did not intervene.

the huawei issue is about security issues in a real way.  All network equipment vendors build in back doors in their firm ware / software so they can get at the core of the firmware for maintenance purposes.  Such a back door in the hands of a company largely owned by the Chinese goverment would be quite dangerous to USA security issues if Huawei were able to hack into the network.

the google issue was only related to security in that the chinese goverment knows they would be vulnerable to the outrage of their people if certain truths were easily accesible by internet users.

Did you know, (well probably you do as you are an apologist for Huawei) that most people in China don't even know Tienamen square massacre happened? and those that do, think it was a propaganda plot by the west and still not true and still did not actually happen.  



optoic 12/5/2012 | 4:51:22 PM
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Hey, good comments from you.  However, I am not related to Huawie or Google in any way, not even an apologist for Huawei.  I do like Android smartphone and tablet...

Agree that backdoor network gears are a security threat.  To China, censorship is a seurity to the ruler.

I like Larry's post on Huawei beign a public company may help.  But do we really trust Huawei even it's a public company in China?

[email protected] 12/5/2012 | 4:51:10 PM
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> "Such a back door in the hands of a company largely owned by the Chinese goverment would be quite dangerous to USA security issues if Huawei were able to hack into the network"

Dear Sailboat,

first of all, who told you that Huawei is government owned company? Where did you get such "information"?

Second, Western company do the same. Who blocked the PSTN in in Iraq, when it invaded Kuwait?

Double standards?

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:09 PM
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Go look at your Chairman's past positions and ask about where the money that started the company came from.

No double standard.  But it is a bad idea to give an enemy state like China access to your infrastructure. (i.e. Iraq was stupid - I can't help that they are stupid).  I expect that is why the Chinese Government helped form Huawei.  To get US vendors out of their network so that the US can't stop the Chinese.

If I were in charge, I would ban Huawei, ZTE and all other Chinese vendors from selling products in the US telecom market.


^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:50:48 PM
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I agree with your post.  In fact, if I were in charge, I would ban any products that run "code" that are made in china from being sold into the USA markets.  DSP's, FPGA's, ASICS, processors, DRAM, etc.  any place code can live in secret.



^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:50:48 PM
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Ash, are you really that naive?  I know you need a job, so you went to work for H.  But really, where did you get your university degree from.  I would like to have a chat with your economics teacher.

Sure, every company in the world puts in a back door.  No surprise there.  the issue is security for the nation.  the USA has access to the code in Cisco, ALU, Ciena, etc.  But not that which is baked into chinese equipment.  

so no debate about the fact that everyone does it.  EVERYONE does it.  you made my point so elegantly.  it is true.

Hence, a good reason for USA to block the H equipment.  The USA is certainly guilty of helping block traffic in many instances.  And the NSA / CIA / Homeland Security / take your pick of law enforcement all use access to networks and devices to spy, monitor and eavesdrop.

As does China.  Take a look at the information control in china.  

So no debate from me on the fact that everyone does it.

Does that mean it is a good idea for the USA to let the Chinese do it to us?

And regards your ownership question.  Lets take a look at the stock breakdown of Huawei.  who owns how many shares?  OF course Huawei not being a transparent company, it is impossible to know.  But if we could know.. I am very certain that information would be quite revealing.  


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