Softbank and Sprint refuse to use Huawei equipment to get their own deal past U.S. regulators
spy on the U.S. Rogers told CBS News' 60 Minutes back in October that U.S. companies doing business with Huawei that are worried about national security, should replace the China based company with another equipment maker. On Thursday, both Sprint and Softbank said that they would replace Huawei equipment on Clearwire's network. Sprint is seeking to buy the network provider, but is battling Dish Network for the company.
Softbank is spending $20.1 billion to purchase 70% of Sprint, but uses equipment from both Huawei and ZTE, the exact two Chinese companies named in a report by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as possibly committing acts of espionage against the U.S. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said last fall that his company's use of equipment made by the pair was limited and that he would take whatever steps were necessary to help U.S. regulators remove their fears.