Why is it okay for Clearwire to use Huawei?

Discussion in 'Wireless Estimator Site Discussions' started by Amera213, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Amera213

    Amera213 Friend of the Community

    That's interesting that Clearwire uses Huawei in this country. For them to say that they use very little of their radios is like being slightly pregnant.

    Either Huawei is cleared to have any carrier or broadband provider to use their equipment or they're not and no one should.

    How can Sprint or the government justify it?

    The hearings should be an eye opener of lobbyists at work.
  2. Narain Sarshar

    Narain Sarshar Industry Observer

    I don't think the radios Clearwire buys from Huawei have a direct connection to the management of their network. Could be wrong.
  3. HAL9000

    HAL9000 First Time Poster

    Being one of the end users of Huawei, I can tell you this was blown way out of scale. They have a very hard time deploying the core and sites due to their lack of knowledge of what they sell. Its true it is stolen from other companies, and this is why they have a difficult time installing and maintaing the stuff.

    Real hard to be a subject matter experts on something you did not engineer from the ground up. Since it is all IP based, you can get information anywhere from the radios all the way back to the core. You need to keep the off ramp to the internet secure, this is where the hackers live and play, and its more than the Chineese we need to be concerned about.

    Cyber warfare is real and everything with a IP is at risk for espionage, not just Huawei. This whole thing is about typical DC politics.
  4. Wireless Estimator

    Wireless Estimator Administrator Staff Member

    Excellent point about Huawei not being able to know everything about their equipment since they may not have designed it, Robert. And the open back doors could be intentional or through their reverse engineering and lack of knowledge.

    Based upon government studies and corporate acknowledgement, China's lead as the country doing the most cyber espionage is all too real, but there are no credible findings that it is China's government behind it...but if it walks like a Beijing duck.

    It is not known whether Huawei or ZTE availed themselves to Nortel Networks' technology in designing and building their network equipment.

    However, earlier this year, a Wall Street Journal article said that now defunct Nortel had been hacked and the intruders, based out of China, had widespread access to their corporate computers. Seven passwords, including its CEO, wound up in the hands of the cyberspies for ten years.

    The report was based upon an interview with a long-term Nortel employee who was behind a six-month investigation into the security breach that is believed to have started in 2000.

    Hackers had plenty of time and access to everything, including research and development reports, as well as the company's future plans for the business.

    Unortunately, Nortel did not disclose the breach to its potential buyers of its assets.

    In 2009, after the company filed for bankruptcy, the Canadian telecommunications equipment maker then sold more than 6,000 patent assets to an alliance made up of Apple, Microsoft and other technology giants for $4.5 billion in cash.

    During another asset sale, Verizon came out against Nortel selling its enterprise telephony business to Avaya, which offered about $475 million for it, because neither the seller nor the buyer wanted to take on the contracts to service the equipment currently installed in U.S. government agencies and businesses.

    Since Verizon provided connectivity to those offices it was worried that it would be stuck with any equipment that failed.

    Today, tens of millions of dollars of new and used Nortel equipment, from switches and routers to kits are sold in the U.S. and abroad.
  5. Kelly Calders

    Kelly Calders Frequent Poster

    It's my understanding that the intelligence committee report did not identify security threats but said that Huawei wasn't as "forthcoming" as they liked about their ownership and other questions that they had.

    So in their demonizing Huawei they're assisting US companies to get a competitive edge. If China did that to an American company such as Andrew Congress would be screaming about unfair trade tactics.

    The committee didn't like the fact that a former Chinese army officer was the founder of the company.

    Are they now going to ban Motorola because a major owner of its shares is George Soros?

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