Lawmakers said to be behind Huawei's continued U.S. carrier woes


USA lawmakers are calling on AT&T to cut all commercial ties to Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies due to perceived national security concerns, according to Reuters. China Mobile has wanted to do business in the US since at 2011, but some lawmakers insist their introduction risks damaging national security as well, Reuters reported.

Another is the use of Huawei handsets by AT&T's discount subsidiary Cricket.

The Huawei issue drew the attention of the Chinese foreign ministry, which said that "we hope that China and the United States can work hard together to maintain the healthy and stable development of trade and business ties". "This accords with the joint interests of both", Lu told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Neither of the companies offered official statements, but AT&T did tell Reuters that it's yet to make a decision on 5G suppliers.

This past week has been a rough one for Huawei. Two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Michael Conaway of Texas and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, have since introduced legislation barring the US government from doing business with either Huawei or ZTE Corp., another major Chinese electronics maker. I realize the importance for national security, and the United States govt. doesn't want China tracking U.S. citizens, but Huawei phones are now available on basically all major carriers outside of the USA (45 of the world's top 50 carriers, to be exact) and there doesn't seem to be a major issue with that.

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Huawei has long protested that its equipment contains no backdoors that could threaten U.S. communications infrastructure, however.

"This is extremely unsafe because the Chinese government is trying to compromise the integrity of USA businesses and spy on our closely held national security secrets".

China Mobile applied for a licence to do business in the US in 2011 and the application is still with the US Federal Communications Commission. The news follows a recent bill proposal that seeks to ban U.S. government agencies from contracting with firms that use Huawei hardware.

The unnamed lawmakers are also reportedly suggesting to other businesses that working with Chinese firms could inhibit their ability to work with the US government, according to Reuters.