Report claims Trump administration wants to provide financing dollars to Huawei rivals

Report claims Trump administration wants to provide financing dollars to Huawei rivals
A report from the Financial Times indicates that the U.S. might have painted itself into a corner with its ban on using Huawei networking gear for security reasons. Huawei is the global leader in networking equipment with a 28% share by one count, and U.S. officials have been warning the Trump administration that there is no U.S. company that can produce the radio equipment needed to transfer signals from mobile phones and cell towers. With the global economy expected to take off once the next generation of wireless connectivity, 5G, becomes standard, there is plenty at stake.

Some administration officials believe that the best course of action is to issue large lines of credit to Huawei competitors Nokia and Ericsson to help them offer generous financing terms to their customers. This would be similar to the funding that Huawei receives from China's state-owned banks that the company uses to provide favorable financing terms to its customers.

Trump administration officials asked Oracle and Cisco to enter the radio transmission market


Other Trump administration officials want to create a domestic challenger to Huawei and have reportedly approached tech firms like Oracle and Cisco to see if they would be interested in entering the radio transmission market. Those familiar with the situation say that both companies have told the U.S. government that they aren't interested in this business because it would be too expensive and take up too much time. One plan that Congress is said to be considering would provide rural internet providers with millions of dollars to rip out Huawei technology in their networks and replace it with U.S. technology.


The administration also wants U.S. tech firms to invest in new 5G technology including software that would allow networking equipment from different companies to work together. This would allow companies building 5G networks to use different suppliers to construct them instead of having to deal with one company, like Huawei, to provide the equipment. There is a U.S. company called Altiostar that makes such software and the company is supposedly urging Trump administration officials to force hardware companies to support its software. Thierry Maupilé, executive vice-president at Altiostar, has said, "We do not need to create another Huawei, there is an alternative. Our product is very attractive to the administration, but we need them to help support the US supply chain."


The U.S. considers Huawei to be a national security threat because of a law in China that allows the communist government there to demand that the company obtain intelligence on its behalf. As a result, there is a fear that the manufacturer's phones and networking equipment contain backdoors that will send information to Beijing. This has been denied repeatedly by the company; Huawei Chairman Liang Hua offered earlier this year to sign a "no-spy" agreement with any country.

In May, the U.S. Commerce Department put Huawei on the Entity List. This prevents it from accessing the U.S. supply chain that it spent $11 billion on last year. The ban forced the company to release its latest flagship phones, the Mate 30 series, with the AOSP open-source version of Android. And it also means that Google's core Android apps like the Play Store, Search, Maps, Gmail and others cannot be installed on these phones.

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23 Comments

1. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Lol, not surprised

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22205; Member since: May 28, 2014

Painting itself into a corner is exactly what this administration has done concerning Huawei and it’s 5G technology. Huawei is too far ahead of the competition in this aspect, and has much more resources. And as others are finding out, there have been no holes discovered in Huawei’s 5G technology:https://www.huaweicentral.com/no-securi​ty-holes-found-in-huaweis-5g-technology-uae-teleco​m-du/ Many countries are also resisting pressure from the U.S. to ban the use of Huawei’s 5G equipment: https://www-rt-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.rt.com/business/470129-countries-no-huawei-ban/amp/?usqp=mq331AQCKAE%3D&_js_v=0.1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rt.com%2Fbusiness%2F470129-countries-no-huawei-ban%2F If Huawei was really the threat to national security that the U.S. is making them out to be, more countries would follow suit to the U.S. This is clearly BS political propaganda at play. What this all is now is the U.S. clearly seeing their mistake, and now they are scrambling to try and fix it by wanting to throw money at Huawei competitors. Problem is, they are too far behind Huawei.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

it very well could be both propaganda and a real threat..... its not unheard of for a government to spy. it's not unheard of for a government to be deceiving. im not a history buff, but id also say that its completely plausible for China to do what they are being accused of doing.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22205; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not saying it’s not plausible, but there has been absolutely no concrete proof provided by the United States to support their claims, while other counties are finding out there is no threat through their own searching and investigations of Huawei’s 5G equipment.

10. BearHug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

No there does not need to be concrete proof. That's why every military agency employs strategists. If you get to have concrete proof about something this sensitive, you've already lost the plot. It's enough that China is the leading economic cyber adversary for US companies. It's enough that Huawei is an IP law offender. Letting Huawei become a colossus and then hope they play nice is clearly not a strategy a rational person would call sensible.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22205; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, there does have to be solid proof. If not, then this is all what I’ve been saying it is, which is BS political propaganda. Many, many companies in the smartphone space are “IP law offenders”, including Apple, Samsung and others, so dial down the hypocrisy. It’s called competition. If you cannot compete without trying to use your laws to stifle another entity, then you shouldn’t be involved in the first place.

9. BearHug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

The writer frames the article like the US has run into a snag because of a bad decision. It hasn't. It's only considering multiple options. And of course, not all options will be viable. It was now or never. Trump made the right call. The US cannot come to rely on an adversarial country to build out its IT infrastructure. Not to mention a country that has its sights to demoting the US in the comity of nations. Seriously, we're talking about commie China here. A country that has no issues whatsoever using whatever advantages it has for nefarious purposes. Apparently, strategists in the US DoD, Congress, and the Trump administration are supposed to believe that Huawei that was petty enough to smuggle designs of Tappy from a T-Mobile lab; will somehow see it above them to ignore a directive from the PLA to spy when it is the only viable option? How dumb can you be? If you have a mom and pop store, will you let a competitor be in charge of your inventory? I have no sympathy for Huawei. What's at stake is far more important than being able to record 104560 fps slo-mo. OnePlus is doing well in the US. And Walmart is chockful of Chinese-sourced products. Huawei demise in the international market is only one for the history books; it won't be missed! Sooner or later, you Huawei cattle (sorry fan boys) would begin shipping some other brand. Get on with that program. This ship has sailed.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22205; Member since: May 28, 2014

The U.S., a country that drops bombs on innocents, spies on its own and even drops bombs on its own while systematically trying to enslave a certain set of the population all because of color, and you act like they are innocent? Lmao You made that wall of a comment all to prove what I’ve been saying all along, that this is BS political propaganda. Thanks for proving me right lmao.

22. BearHug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

Yea, and China with its concentration camps and that just threatened Apple for readmitting a HK protest app is innocent? Call it a "BS political propaganda" all you want. Everyone from Google to pharma companies has felt the pinch of Chinese espionage. As such, no one on the planet will blackmail the US to hand over American telecommunication infrastructure keys to Huawei. Better safe than sorry.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22205; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never said that China was innocent. But are sure acting like the U.S., a country that has had its own concentration camps here is innocent, and they are far from it. I call it BS political propaganda because that’s what it is. And just about every country has felt more than a pinch from U.S. espionage, U.S. meddling, etc, so let’s dial down the hypocrisy. No one one is trying to blackmail the U.S. into anything, so save the conspiracy theories. The U.S. has zero proof of what they claim Huawei is doing. Better that they keep Huawei out of this political BS they have going on with China, as there are U.S. companies like Micron that are suffering because of it.

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why are we blaming the administration for lack of innovation by US companies?

4. inFla

Posts: 129; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

A doubtful story.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The idiot thinks Climate Change is a Chinese funded hoax so this doesn't shock me one bit.

11. audibot

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

you morons think humans caused climate change, we have nothing to do with the global temps and melting ice that has been melting for over 5000 years, the temps are going up a minor amount but we are entering a 10 to 13 year cycle of the lower solar output so the temps will be lower than normal, the volcanos that are pumping out all that chlorine do far more damage then we humans could, and don't forget what plants take in to make o2. we humans have been monerting weather with satellites for less than 70 yrs thats nothing, we bearly understand anything on this planet,

13. Gryffin

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

are you being sarcastic?

20. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I hope so but have a feeling he's serious

7. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

So it's unraveling. Since throwing security threat accusations to Huawei, now it's becoming more obvious that what the US wants is the successes that Huawei has been enjoying lately in 5G.

8. joenodden

Posts: 12; Member since: May 09, 2019

The Trump administration is getting desperate. How sad. The American companies do nothing, spark no innovation, yet when a Chinese company tries to advance the industry, the Trump administration tries to stop them. Quite pathetic.

12. audibot

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

are you f ing stupid do you know everything on this planet can basically be traced to America china has done nothing but take what others have worked to make and they take it and add on to it.

15. Wayne_73

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 09, 2019

What I do think is that China is better than the US for tech by far so that's the reason they have banned Huawei from doing business with the US and it wasn't that long ago that apple were spying on everyone's data but I suppose that's OK tho with apple being an US Company #hypocrits. And as for trump I think he's pretty much corrupt from what I've been reading of late..

14. AlienKiss

Posts: 197; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm from Europe and I don't like Trumpet's racist ideas (he's a senile old fart) , BUT I don't trust china (communist regime) either. So they can both rott in hell for all I care.. Waiter, an alien invasion please! With a touch of lemon..

21. Gottaluvnewtech28

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 20, 2019

The Chinese govt mandates that there are backdoors in Chinese operator equipment, including Huawei, so they have access to data. This alone is reason enough to not allow Huawei equipment in the US. If you don't believe it then just do a google search of "chinese govt mandatory backdoor network equipment" and you'll see multiple articles from varying sources. Everybody here saying this is about "competition" is missing it completely. Oh and just for those wondering, the Obama administration made it basically impossible for Huawei to have equipment here for the same exact reason. So those with TDS will need take their delusions somewhere else lol. This a continuing battle for the US in regards to national security.

24. Dangerously

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 09, 2019

Any one forget about Edward Snowden and the NSA document leak? Cisco routers, Samsung TVs, and many other devices could spy on you in your home or business. These companies claim to have disabled these backdoors after the leaked documents. EVERY country has their own way of spying on their own people and other countries. But with that being said, how is Huawei using its tech to spy? A few years ago, Huawei left telnet debugging software in their routers. This was to be removed at the factory but got "missed". News sites went nuts over this and accused Huawei of spying. Real security analysts knew that it had to be connected to directly and it was not linked to the internet. Spying was debunked. Another threat that was talked about but not much any more was the fact that Huawei was supplying the Chinese military with tech. Who supplies the U.S. military with tech? Google and Apple have or had contracts with the U.S. military. So U.S. companies can supply their own military and Chinese companies cannot help their own? I don't disagree Huawei could spy. They do reside in a communist country. But until there is hard facts and evidence, no company should be banned. Past administrations could not find any evidence, neither can Trump. With Trump, it is all a game that is helping Google and U.S. chip makers loose billions of dollars by not being able to sell to Huawei. Trump is a national security threat, not Huawei.

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