Tag: Huawei

EU to Study the Need for Universal Mobile Phone Charger

EU to Study the Need for Universal Mobile Phone Charger

EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said this week that they are studying if regulators a need to push for a common mobile phone charger which the European Commission had been suggesting for more than a decade. It was long pointed out that having different chargers for various phone models contributed to more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste each year, aside from being a big inconvenience to consumers. While 14 companies including Nokia, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei had already signed a memorandum of understanding in 2011 wherein they agreed to harmonize chargers for their newer models, the EU executive said […]

Huawei Faces Scrutiny in UK for Chinese Spying

Huawei Faces Scrutiny in UK for Chinese Spying

Huawei Technologies is expected to encounter heightened scrutiny in the UK as lawmakers have expressed their concerns on the company’s use of aging software that could facilitate Chinese spying. According to the report of a British government oversight board, the Chinese manufacturer’s use of the VxWorks operating system had technical and supply chain “shortcomings” which can expose the country’s telecoms networks to new security risks. Both the US and Australia had said in the past that Huawei’s products can be used by the Chinese for espionage operations, an allegation which the firm repeatedly denied. Source: Reuters

Huawei Hits Back at US Lawmakers Over Research Funding

Huawei Hits Back at US Lawmakers Over Research Funding

Huawei’s rotating chairman Eric Xu hit back at several US lawmakers who called the company’s contribution to the research funding of over 50 American universities a “significant threat” to national security. Xu scathingly remarked that US congressmen Marco Rubio and Jim Banks had been “ill-informed” and are being “closed-minded”. The congressmen added in their open letter that Huawei’s Innovation Research Program were a core part of “China’s toolkit for foreign technology acquisition”. Xu added that the lawmakers showed not just ignorance of how science and innovation presently works, but also their lack of confidence in the U.S.’ competitiveness. Source: Reuters

Huawei Revealed to be Top Sponsor of Australian Politicians’ Overseas Travel

Huawei Revealed to be Top Sponsor of Australian Politicians’ Overseas Travel

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) recently found Huawei to be the top corporate sponsor for overseas travel of Australian politicians. The revelation comes after several lawmakers moved to have the Chinese telecoms giant to be banned from participating in a roll-out of Australia’s 5G next-generation communications network due to privacy and security concerns. According to disclosure registers, Huawei paid for 12 trips to Shenzhen by Australian federal politicians, which included business class flights, local travel, accommodation and meals, from 2010 to present. However, Huawei Australian spokesman Jeremy Mitchell said the company was not doing anything wrong and even invited […]

Google Accused of Supporting Chinese Communist Party Over Huawei Ties

Google Accused of Supporting Chinese Communist Party Over Huawei Ties

US lawmakers have criticized Google and asked it to reconsider its ties to Huawei, saying that it could pose a major security risk for American consumers. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers urged CEO Sundar Pichai this week to think over its mobile messaging partnership with the world’s third-largest phone maker, especially after the search giant decided to stop working with the US government on an AI project which would have helped improve US military drone strikes.   The letter to Picha also expressed the government’s “disappointment” that the company was more willing to work with China’s Communist Party rather than […]

Australia Funds Pacific Undersea Cable to Block China

Australia Funds Pacific Undersea Cable to Block China

Australia had reportedly agreed last Wednesday to fund the laying of underwater internet cables and a cyber security center for the Solomon Islands, blocking plans by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. who was originally contracted to complete the project. It is said that Australia deliberately stepped in due to security concerns posed by the involvement of Huawei. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the media that while she will not elaborate on the issue, she confirmed that the Solomon Islands had already agreed to their deal which was cheaper. However, a A Huawei spokesperson said that they were […]

UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE

UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) had reportedly sent a letter to telcos urging them not to use equipment from ZTE, saying that the Chinese telecoms giant carried too much risk. The NCSC apparently said that new equipment and services from another Chinese supplier would render the country’s existing mitigations ineffective. ZTE competitor Huawei is already major supplier of networking equipment for fixed and wireless networks in the UK and is also engaged in 5G trials and Internet of Things (IoT) research.   The warning comes as another blow to ZTE after the US had imposed an export ban […]

Best Buy to Stop Selling Huawei Devices

Best Buy to Stop Selling Huawei Devices

It was reported earlier this week that consumer electronics chain Best Buy has decided to stop selling Huawei smartphones which may be due to the escalating trade war between the US and China. Best Buy is reportedly the Chinese phone maker’s biggest distribution partner in the US. Prior to being dumped by Best Buy, Huawei had already been shut out by US carriers after being flagged as a security concern by the US government. It was noted though, that Huawei had never been able to gain a significant foothold in the US market, and the company is likely focusing on […]

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

In a recent interview, Huawei’s chief executive Richard Yu said that the US is attempting to keep the Chinese company out because of its competitiveness. The US government recently issued a strong warning against the Chinese phone maker, calling it a security concern. However, Yu confidently said that Huawei had been posting significant annual growth and that they have a big chance at being the top global mobile manufacturer. Yu added that even with their leading innovations and technologies, politicians in the US are trying to shut them out for being too strong. In the interview, Yu also mentioned that […]

Huawei Expected to Lead Global 5G Move Despite US Security Concerns

Huawei Expected to Lead Global 5G Move Despite US Security Concerns

Communications giant Huawei is set to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks as it forges relationships with big telecom operators across Europe and Asia. Already occupying a dominant position in China, the company was observed to have been making in-roads in various US allied countries. Sources have revealed that Huawei has alread signed 25 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with telecom operators including Britain’s BT, Bell Canada (BCE), France’s Orange Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and global player Vodafone to to trial 5G equipment. Even though Huawei is still behind Ericsson and Nokia, the Chinese company’s existing partnerships may give it […]