Huawei may face troubles in Europe following spying concerns

Huawei may face troubles in Europe following spying concerns
After Huawei's grand deal with Verizon fell through at the beginning of this year, due to privacy concerns from the US, Europe is now seemingly ready to follow suit. Government officials from the UK, Germany, and France were becoming increasingly wary of Huawei, even before the recent arrest of the company's CFO, Bloomberg inside sources claim.

America's long-standing fears that Huawei could enable Chinese spying seem to be shared across other countries as well. Earlier this year, Australia and New Zealand barred Huawei from providing infrastructure for next-gen phone networks, and it seems the EU could follow suit.

Huawei is keen on developing 5G technologies and infrastructure and Europe is the company's largest market outside Asia. It's also a market where 5G will be rolled out next year, but the Chinese telecommunications giant may not be allowed to provide equipment for the new, super-fast networks.

“Companies are making their decisions about their core network technology,” said Ben Wood, chief of research at technology analyst CCS Insight. “Those are decisions which are implemented and then sustained for a decade, so this is a very, very important crossroads for Huawei and these kind of moves are very unhelpful, the fact that this has all blown up at this time,” said Wood referring to the recent arrest of Huawei's Chief financial officer in Canada over bank fraud.

The risk for Huawei is especially high the UK, where the head of the foreign intelligence agency MI6 is urging the government to ban Huawei from running 5G networks.

“We reject any suggestion that we might pose a threat to national security,” said a spokeswoman for Huawei in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. “Cyber security should not be politicized, and equipment vendors should not be treated differently based on country of origin.”




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20 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Well androidtard doesn’t care spying on their phone.

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Your iphone fried your brain because I did not understand a thing you wrote.

9. BullDozer

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

And you think that iphone is not spied? Lol...

10. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

So much hate, when this article is not about smartphones, but building wireless networks. Backfired....

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Come back after you've finished grammar/spelling 101.

14. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Damn. I can't even understand your grammar. Lol. Btw keep it up!

3. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

And apple was spied by 16 yr old boy.

4. midan

Posts: 2723; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

but but only US does this because they want to protect iPhone sales.. :D #conspiracytheories

5. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

They may also not be just conspiracy theories. Recent news were that EU car manufacturers are forced by Chinese government to install spyware on the cars they sell in China. It goes without saying that Chinese car manufacturers do the same. It's not only in the telecommunications business that China spies actively on their citizens and obviously they would have no problem to do so to other countries.

12. Taphius

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Somethings going on if everyone else is jumping on board.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Do you have proof of such a bold statement? Because I found nothing on EU car manufacturers having to instal spyware

15. D34ever

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Like protecting the coal industry? U must b Chinese?

16. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I agree with you midan. I've read these comments on other threads and just shake my head. People forget that these security concerns regarding Huawei in the USA date back to 2012; which is long before anyone thought about their cell phone ambitions/market share...

6. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Pretty much everyone has FB on their phones. They are the biggest spying company in the world.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46456695 They can't even hide it.

7. alanrock

Posts: 302; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

brunettes with big balloons...

8. all4dom

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

I agree with the FB comment. Facebook & Google worked very close with the previous admin and contributed a ton of money so they basically were allowed to do what the hell they wanted to do with some politicians blessing.

13. Taphius

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Good old cronyism.

17. Deadeye37

Posts: 292; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

What bugs me is the lack of evidence. Nobody has really come out with hard evidence that this is happening. Conversely, Huawei isn't trying to prove otherwise. The governments are coming across as tinfoil hat wearers while Huawei is looking guilty since they aren't doing anything aside from just denying the fact.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

In the meantime, Cisco keeps on showing bugs that allow the NSA to spy on anyone else. If any, EU countries would be wise to use Ericsson because neither China nor the US are to be trusted

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7216; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

America is not country; it is a continent.

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