A new order from the United States to its military bases. It is a ban on the purchase of devices of the Huawei and ZTE brands, since they are considered “unacceptable” for the security risks they have, according to the Pentagon. The ban is based on the potential risks to security that the Pentagon considers that they present the cell phones of these two Chinese companies. It is the most recent step in the growing dispute between the US government. and Chinese firms, which have been accused of using their devices to spy on the Chinese government.
“The Huawei and ZTE devices present an unacceptable risk to the personnel, information and information of the Department,” said Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn. “Given this information, it was not wise to continue selling them on the bases to Department staff.” Last month, the US Department of Commerce. It issued a ban on the export of components for ZTE, which means that US companies are prohibited from selling products and services to the company based in China. Huawei is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice on suspicion that it violated the terms of the US sanctions. against Iran. Huawei spokesman Charles Zinkowski said the devices of the firm meet the highest standards of security, privacy and engineering in all countries in which it operates, including the United States. “We remain committed to the opening and transparency in everything we do and we want to make it clear that no government has ever asked us to compromise the security or integrity of any of our networks or devices, “Zinkowski said in a statement. of the Internet by the military is not exclusive to the Chinese. Not long ago I wrote about the new policy of access to the network by the Pentagon. The US Department of Defense has been reluctant to allow its troops to use the Internet indiscriminately, with the latent fear of revealing sensitive information. They do not want it to happen to them like the case of the Israeli soldier who revealed where they were doing not-know-what mission in their Facebook status … and it turns out that it was a top-secret military operation. It must be remembered that this situation is not new, since in 2014, the United States issued a ban on the bidding of government contracts for Huawei, this due to the distrust that generated one of the founders of the company was a senior engineer in the Chinese Liberation Army. Something that was described by American politicians as “an effective arm of the Chinese government.”
Since then, Huawei has encountered all sorts of problems to sell and place its products in the country, which is now affecting its consumer line, such as smartphones. “Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to staff military, information and missions, “said Pentagon spokesman Dave Eastburn.”In light of this information, it was not prudent for stores run by the military on US bases around the world to continue to sell them,” he added.Until now, operators switched users between cellular and Wi-Fi networks to distribute the network load, or the users themselves switched manually from one network to another, seeking optimum performance. The Alcatel Lucent solution unifies for the first time the user experience in Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Within its Unified Mobile Networks strategy, Alcatel-Lucent presents two different functionalities that combine Wi-Fi and cellular access. The Wi-Fi Impulse uses the cellular network to improve the performance of Wi-Fi networks, while the Impulso Celular uses part of the spectrum that does not require a license to improve the performance of cellular networks. When both functionalities are combined, users’ benefits are maximized with the use of these two access technologies. According to the high US officials, these manufacturers are closely linked with the secret services of the People’s Republic of China and could have spy applications installed. , which would transmit confidential information to the authorities of the Asian giant.
According to the professor of the Institute of Economics of the People’s University of China Huang Weiping, the only US test on collaboration of Chinese manufacturers with secret services is the fact that the founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, was until 1983 an officer of the People’s Army of Liberation.After the accusations, Huawei reported that “it is aware that there are a number of activities of the US government apparently designed to inhibit Huawei’s business in the US market. Huawei has the trust of governments and customers in 170 countries around the world and does not present a greater risk of cybersecurity than any ICT provider, since we share supply chains and production capabilities. ”
To this is added the request made by the US lawmakers who are seeking to launch a bill that would prohibit government employees from using Huawei or ZTE devices.The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr, was the one who directly implicated Huawei and other Chinese companies when he said, “the focus of my concern today is China, and specifically telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE, it is known they have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government. “Burr has always been an opponent of the US presence of Huawei and other similar companies in the Asian country, and in 2010 he and other senators tried to prevent Sprint from using the infrastructure of Huawei in his network.Burr asked intelligence officials to share their opinions, and so far the reports are somewhat conflicting.