Tag: Huawei

How Russia Helped the United States Fight Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe

Thirty years of independence from communism and the Soviet Union have also meant 30 years of fear of a Russian invasion for Central and Eastern European countries. As a result, these countries have spent three decades consolidating relations with the United States and NATO — both of which they see as possible saviors in an existential crisis. The United States has become the number one partner of many Central and Eastern European countries. Ties with Washington are the bedrock of their defense and diplomatic strategies. Not surprisingly, it has become natural for policymakers in these countries to be very sensitive ... Read more

Huawei granted another 45 days to do business with US companies

The United States on Tuesday granted Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 45 days to continue doing business with American companies. The new provisional license expires on May 15. Prior to the extension, the previous license was set to expire on April 1. In May, Washington said it would blacklist Huawei from the US market and from buying crucial American components. The United States has expressed concern that Huawei equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic. The company has denied the accusation. US companies and residents are essentially forced to find alternative suppliers for ... Read more

US, UK Agree to ‘Further’ Restrict Huawei, Defense Secretary Says

But it’s not clear whether any actual changes emerged from Thursday’s meeting between the top U.S. and British defense leaders. The United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to “further” reduce Huawei’s presence in telecom infrastructure, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a Pentagon press conference Thursday. Esper described a lunch conversation with U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace on the subject as “candid,” without elaborating on what form the “further’ reduction would take. He highlighted the importance of the intelligence-sharing agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, and other Five Eyes partners.  “Opening critical allied ... Read more

Esper Exhorts Allies To Ban Chinese 5G: Britain’s Huawei Dilemma « Breaking Defense

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper arrives at the Pentagon for his first day, July 24, 2019. WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged NATO allies to exclude Chinese companies from building their 5G networks during his recent European visit, the secretary revealed today. While Esper didn’t say so aloud, this almost certainly included a plea to the UK government as it wrestles with whether to allow 5G tech from Chinese tech giant Huawei, which is now fighting heavy US sanctions. He’s also likely to have leaned on Germany, which recently rolled out its own 5G system while warning of threats from ... Read more

5G: Speed Isn’t Everything; DoD, FCC Need To Work On Spectrum « Breaking Defense

  The blazing download rates of 20 gigabits per second promised by 5G advocates will be the exception, rather than the rule. The real benefit of emerging 5G architectures is how they could improve coverage, latency, and speed to mobile users from a teen streaming HD video in a downtown Minneapolis coffee shop to a Marine platoon at an advance base in the Philippines. Realizing these benefits, however, will require the U.S. government to focus on its broader goals for 5G and to rethink how it secures sensitive communications. Even if it isn’t at broadband speeds everywhere, 5G will enable ... Read more

Commerce Expands Huawei Black List Beyond US Shores « Breaking Defense

Huawei HQ in Shenzhen, China WASHINGTON: The Commerce Department has expanded its ban on imports from Chinese tech behemoth Huawei by adding 46 affiliate companies in 25 countries — including in a number of US allies — to the black list; while also extending the deadline for consumers to comply with the ban from Aug. 19 to Nov. 18. “One cannot sanction a large company like Huawei without extending that policy to its subsidiaries and close affiliates. It will have a moderate impact on allied countries, but more specific impact on those affiliate companies exporting to the US,” says Nicholas ... Read more

Day One: Esper Praises Budget Deal, Warns On China Tech, Iran « Breaking Defense

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper arrives at the Pentagon for his first day, July 24, 2019. THE PENTAGON: Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper today praised the two-year budget deal reached between Congress and the White House, saying he’s glad the department has a predictable funding stream even if the numbers don’t exactly match previous Pentagon estimates for growth. The $738 billion for fiscal 2020 “is a good number; we also have two years,” he told reporters at an off-camera briefing at the Pentagon. “To the degree we can have predictability, to the degree we can avoid CRs, those things allow ... Read more

A New Consensus Is Emerging On How to Handle The Risk from China’s 5G

Chinese telecom tech is invading the physical world, but Europeans and industry have strategies to contain the threat. Much of the Western intelligence debate around Chinese high-speed 5G technology has focused on hardware and software. Once the hardware is already out in the wild — which most think is inevitable —,  the future of the fight is in managing risk. It’s doable, if not yet widely advertised, according to several experts speaking at a U.S. intelligence conference this week, by quarantining Chinese equipment and deploying smarter electromagnetic spectrum management tools to better handle threats. Bottom line, Huawei leads the world in ... Read more