Reuters: U.S. lawmakers are pressuring AT&T to cut all commercial ties with Huawei and China Telecom

Reuters: U.S. lawmakers are pressuring AT&T to cut all commercial ties with Huawei and China Telecom
After Huawei's deal with Verizon and AT&T to add the Mate 10 lineup to their carrier rosters fell through at the last minute this month, U.S. lawmakers are now reportedly pressuring the second largest wireless carrier in America to drop all commercial ties to Huawei and oppose plans by China Mobile to enter the U.S. market.

According to anonymous congressional aides, cited by Reuters, lawmakers are urging AT&T to cut ties with Huawei and China Telecom over security concerns. Other U.S.-based companies with possible ties to the two Chinese juggernauts are also being advised against continuing their relationships with the companies.

One of the relationships senators and House members are pressuring AT&T to put an end to, is its collaboration with Huawei over standards for the high-speed next generation 5G networks. Another is the use of Huawei handsets by AT&T’s subsidiary Cricket, Reuters' sources claim.

AT&T declined to comment on the matter, but said that it has made no decisions on 5G suppliers. The company also told Reuters earlier this week that it sells its equipment through more than 45 of the world’s top 50 carriers and puts the privacy and security of its customers as its top priority.

U.S. lawmakers are concerned that various data collected from Huawei devices, for example about the user's location, could be monitored by the Chinese government. In 2012, Huawei and ZTE were the subject of a U.S. investigation into whether their equipment provided an opportunity for foreign espionage and threatened critical U.S. infrastructure - a link that Huawei has consistently denied since.

source: Reuters

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22 Comments

1. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

Too bad.

8. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's awful for the costumers. Maybe China should do the same with Apple?

9. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

China banning Apple would probably cause a Chinese iSheep revolution, and the government wouldn't want that...:)

2. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

These events might also bring bad image to other Chinese branded phones. Even Oneplus was in hot waters lately. I think I'll stick with Samsung, LG and Sony products for now until Huawei et. al cleared their names.

10. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

They could clear their names by using untouched Google software.

4. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

It's just American companies s**tting their pants because they are afraid that once Huawei enters US market, Apple's share may decline.

20. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

False! It's Big Brother not wanting China to be able to spy on US citizens. If what you claimed was true, then Samsung wouldn't be 1/3 of the phones sold in the USA. Or Samsung wouldn't be here at all. China has always been a threat to US Intelligence. It was only a few years back, a US Gov't employee was found to have shared US secrets with China.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Politics getting in the way for a company just wanting to give good products to the consumers. Their excuse makes no sense. It's as if google or apple aren't doing the same thing, just more covertly

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I smell the beginning of a tit for tat trade war brewing. One decree by the Chinese President and Apple will get clobbered. Big mistake on the part of the lawmakers behind this and AT&T have no choice but to comply if they want the Time-Warner deal to go through.

7. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

China should ban Apple already.

22. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Why? Apple stands zero chance against Chinese brands like Huawei because of price.

11. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The trade imbalance with China and ALL countries is staggering. Not just in the cell phone industry. Everyone thinks the iPhone has been in Chine since the 1st iPhone and it’s the number one phone there. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Anyone ever see a Chevy or Ford on them Chinese roads? Nope. China has been dominating the trade scene for 50 years now.

13. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

" Everyone thinks the iPhone has been in Chine since the 1st iPhone and it’s the number one phone there." China is Apples 2nd largest market (after the US) a trade war could be disastrous for Apple.

14. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe check the facts before making a fool out of yourself. GM sells more cars in China than they do in the US.

25. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Only because GM has less competition in China vs the US. Check those facts!

12. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I hope the US lawmakers understand the consequences of such a move. China has been known to stand behind its home brew companies, such a move would do nothing other than upsetting the Chinese government. (IMO) This administration has done nothing but destroy its relations with other countries.

15. Whitedot

Posts: 833; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Strange, UK is probably biggest US ally yet Huawei is thriving and full on working with UK networks.

16. Stangtx07

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

There is a reason the phones are so cheap. The Chinese government using these brands to spy.

17. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

The reason is because most of these Chinese companies do only sell online, which means the VAT and shipment fee is at the charge of the consumer... Nothing ti do with their devices used for spying by their governement.

26. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Again that is false. Samsung devices ship here from Korea, which is farther away than China, and yet they cost less than what iPhone cost in the USA. You are wrong. Several US employees, including some that have worked for the US Gov't, sold trade secrets of technology and military based data to China and they got busted.. LOOK IT UP. Start with these: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/politics/top-secret-information-china/index.html http://thehill.com/policy/international/339029-former-government-employee-accused-of-trying-to-provide-top-secret https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/world/asia/chinese-hackers-pursue-key-data-on-us-workers.html The only reason Chinese OEM's sell products online, is because their best products aren't sold through carriers here. And likely never will be is the US Gov't has anything to say. But with China having hacked the US Gov't computers before, and having Gov't employees selling trade secrets to China, they have every reason to be concerned.

19. Deadeye37

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Instead of saying "stop using them because they're from China", the state department should be testing to see if any of the claims are real. I'm sure they could easily ascertain if data being sent from the phone is making its way to China.

23. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

You guys really think there spying or Samsung and then are padding there pockets to keep huge potential competition from flooding in the country

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