Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Calling Straight talk .. AND OTHERS… Huawei tells U.S. to ‘just shut up’

What phone are you using?
Reacting to Hayden interview, Huawei tells U.S. to ‘just shut up’
The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei issued a statement hours after a former U.S. senior intelligence official confirmed that Huawei had indeed spied for the Chinese government.
Gen. Michael Hayden [Ret], former director of the CIA and NSA, a highly respected professional intelligence official in the West, told the Australian Financial Review in a July 19 interview that "

as an intelligence professional, I stand back in awe at the breadth, depth, sophistication and persistence of the Chinese espionage campaign against the West."

Former CIA director (Ret.) Gen. Michael Hayden.  Getty Images 
In response to the question, “do you think hard evidence exists within democratic, English-speaking intelligence networks that Huawei has engaged in espionage on behalf of the Chinese state in the past?" Gen. Hayden replied that “Yes. I have no reason to question the belief that’s the case."
"That’s my professional judgment," he added, “but as the former director of the NSA, I cannot comment on specific instances of espionage or any operational matters."
Within hours of the publication of the interview, Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, China, issued a statement which was promptly broadcasted by China’s state-run media, in which Huawei asked Gen. Hayden in particular, the U.S. government in general, to show hard evidence, or else “just shut up!"
"This [allegation of Huawei spying for the Chinese government] is entirely politically motivated. It’s racial discrimination and libel against our company. Nothing else." the statement says.
In the same interview, Gen. Hayden was asked the question “Have you ever had any direct exposure to the Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei?"
Gen. Hayden replied as follows:
"Two or three years ago Huawei was trying to establish a pretty significant footprint here in the United States. And they were trying to get people like me – as the former head of NSA and the CIA – to endorse their presence in the US. To serve on their local board, or to have some other kind of commercial relationship with them.
I reviewed Huawei’s briefing paper, which said all the right things. One could almost honestly judge that were actually trying to genuinely put my mind at ease.
But God did not make enough briefing slides on Huawei to convince me that having them involved in our critical communications infrastructure was going to be okay. This is not blind prejudice on my part. This was my considered view based on a four-decade career as an intelligence officer.
My conclusion was that, “No, it is simply not acceptable for Huawei to be creating the backbone of the domestic telecommunications network in the United States, period.’ And frankly this is where I think the state has a role to play – to ensure we don’t make decisions that compromise the foundations of our national security."
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Chinese华为 (Huáwéi); English pronunciation: “WAH-way") is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in ShenzhenGuangdong. It is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012.
Huawei was founded in 1988 by ex-military officer Ren Zhengfei and formed as a private company owned by its employees. Its core missions are building telecommunications networks; providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China; and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market. Huawei has over 140,000 employees, around 46% of whom are engaged in research and development (R&D). It has 20 R&D institutes in countries including China, the United StatesGermanySwedenIrelandIndiaRussia, and Turkey,and in 2011 invested around US$3.74 billion in R&D.
In 2010, Huawei recorded profit of 23.8 billion CNY (3.7 billion USD). Its products and services have been deployed in more than 140 countries and it currently serves 45 of the world’s 50 largest telecoms operators.[
In an apparent attempt to break into the United State market Huawei became the main sponsor of the Jonas Brothers 2013 summer tour. The sponsorship has placed the company’s logo on promotional merchandise but it’s unclear as to whether or not the move has had any affect on their presence in America.

Huawei’s revenues in 2010 accounted for 15.7% of the $78.56 billion global carrier-network-infrastructure market

Huawei is organized around three core business segments:
  1. Telecom Carrier Networks, building telecommunications networks & Services;
  2. Enterprise Business, providing equipment, software and services to enterprise customers, and
  3. Devices, manufacturing electronic communications devices
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, is the world’s largest telecom equipment maker and China’s largest telephone-network equipment maker. As of 2008, Huawei ranked first in terms of global market share in the mobile softswitches market,tied with Sony Ericsson for lead market share in mobile broadband cards by revenue, ranked second in the optical hardware market, stayed first in the IP DSLAM market, and ranked third in mobile network equipment
There are PLENTY of competitors, and cheap phones which are decent.

1 comment:

Ciccio said...

Considering that in 1988 in China a military officer earned about $30 a month you either have to congratulate him on his extreme frugality or question the origin of his capital. It is indisputable that that the first companies to deal with the West were either state owned or state controlled. Under communism there was no middle class in China, there were no savings, there were no traders or merchants and only the party faithful went into business with party backing.