Huawei Technologies Under Global Scrutiny
Huawei Technologies, the world’s 2nd-biggest supplier of cellphones, is one of the most successful Chinese conglomerates of the modern era. It claims that its services are used in more than 170 countries. But a number of governments are concerned that the company may still have ties with the Chinese security services, prompting them to put the company under scrutiny, with particular concerns about the use of technology upgrades to 5th-generation mobile networks. The company’s background is also worrisome. It was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, in the 1980s. In the U S, in 2012, the House Intelligence Committee had warned that the company’s equipment should be deemed a national security threat. Canadian government is facing bipartisan pressure from the U S to block Huawei technology from its 5G infrastructure. After Polish authorities detained a Huawei employee charging him with spying on behalf of China, its counter intelligence agency searched the fim’s Polish offices and seized documents and electronics. Australian too has announced barring Huawei and another Chinese company, ZTE, from providing 5G technology, for fear of compromising integrity and availability of their data and systems. The director general of the Govt Communications Security Bureau, New Zealand’s national security agency, has banned the use of Huawei’s 5G equipment. The big three telecom operators in Japan - NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank - also would not use technology from Huawei and ZTE in their networks.