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South Korea to route US communications over non-Huawei gear

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South Korea to route US communications over non-Huawei gear
South Korea has been in the midst of making advances in its wireless networks. The switchgear that controls these networks is built by a few well known names, like Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), Alcatel-Lucent, and Ericsson. However, Huawei and ZTE out of China are the number 2 and 5 equipment makers in this space.

The two companies have had an inordinate amount of controversy relative to the rest of the industry. From strong-arm sales tactics to concerns over Huawei and ZTE being party to assist Chinese government entities with espionage activities, the two companies have a limited market presence in the United States and Australia.

US Congressional investigations asserted that Huawei equipment is not secure and findings from that report (as well as quiet lobbying) have prompted similar investigations in other markets. Those efforts have now resulted in the South Korean government deciding not to route sensitive government communications through Huawei switchgear.

Network connectivity to US bases in Korea will also not have any Huawei equipment on the backend. The three major wireless carriers in South Korea, SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ (owned by the LG that makes some of the cool devices we like), all acknowledged they use Huawei equipment in their networks. SK and KT stated that sensitive network activity is not handled by Huawei gear.

LG U+ only noted that US military and other personnel are clients and that the carrier would endeavor to ensure customer satisfaction.

Huawei continues to defend against allegations about the integrity of its equipment as well as the image of the company itself. In its favor are low prices which make for a challenging environment to make a national security argument. Challenging Huawei’s image are oft reported instances of less than upfront sales practices and allegations that the company violates trade restrictions.

source: The Wall Street Journal

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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 18:08 4

1. sipha (Posts: 315; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Obviously the koreans are doing this under the advisement(or pressure) from the Americans.. & it just sickens me whenever the US does this, taking extraordinary measures with no evidence whatsoever...

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 07:48 1

7. papss (unregistered)


You mean the same south Korea that gets major help in all areas from the US and protection from that pathetic brat kid up north? Oh okay.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 13:36

10. sipha (Posts: 315; Member since: 12 May 2012)


1st of all, south korea doesn't need protection from anyone against anyone...it has a strong 9 million military(Almost double that of the US) and enough money(100 times more than North) to handle itself against anyone... Anyhow what are these areas you speak of??

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 15:35

15. newuser1 (Posts: 109; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Then what is US military base doing in south korea ? US want to invade korea?

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 16:38

16. sipha (Posts: 315; Member since: 12 May 2012)


They're just allias with a common enemy, working together.. Thats something you got to understand is that both SK & US are enemies of the North, the is no one sided advantage in their allians.. Thats very different from needing protection!!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 04:41

20. werfish (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


9 milion? It would be impossible to maintain such army over peace, even china has something about 2,5 milion, but i agree that south korea doesnt need Us presence there anymore

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 22:43

18. Taters (Posts: 3518; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Typical American retardism. I suggest you start using your brain and pay closer attention to the world outside of the USA. It might enlighten you.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 18:55 6

2. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


OK, now just the US "have the right" to spy other people...

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 01:11 3

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 191; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Huawei and ZTE gear is not compatible with US spying.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 14:54

11. Cicero (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


+1 Well done saying!

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 07:49 1

8. papss (unregistered)


Yep.. No other country does it at all.. Can I have what you are drinking?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 19:55 2

3. Taters (Posts: 3518; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Apple and the US are absolutely disgusting and need to be taught a lesson for ruining the good name of companies like Samsung and Huawei. When is someone else besides Huawei and Samsung going to stand up for this Yankee injustice?

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 07:45 1

6. papss (unregistered)


Teach the US a lesson please.. You can take your china loving as$ to one of their sites to talk to. I'll take the US all day everyday. Yankee?? Wow that's a politically correct term you tard

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 04:37

5. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


South Korea's not dumb though, just saying. It's one of the leaders in technology and it won't provoke its main import & export partner for no reason.However, with the NSA sneaking around and stuff, I'll sit on the fence in this matter.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 10:17

9. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


US being a main import/export partner is not really an issue as China has surpassed US as the main import/export partner many years ago. S. Korea's import/export volume with China more than doubles that with the US. It's more of a political issue, not an economic one.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 20:46

17. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Yea, I was talking about China. And even though it is a political issue, we all know money plays a role.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 15:17

12. newuser1 (Posts: 109; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Again, US only allow the world being spyed by US government, they do not allow US government spyed by others. what is going on in this world?

I don't feel safe in the society like this.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 15:32

13. newuser1 (Posts: 109; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


US government force other countries to buy equipment shipped from US that can spy their country, and force other countries not to buy those equipment has possibility to spy on others. Then only US government can and must spy others, all others not allowed to spy on US.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 05:08

19. dome888 (Posts: 63; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


south korea made the right decision, we can't trust the chinese than americans.

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