Germany Refuses to Ban Huawei – Episode 19
- Germany’s IT watchdog has expressed skepticism about calls for a boycott of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, saying it has seen no evidence the firm could use its equipment to spy for Beijing, news weekly Spiegel reported.
- “For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof,” the head of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Arne Schoenbohm, told Spiegel, adding that his agency had no such evidence.
- The U.S. has been pressuring German authorities for months to drop Huawei, according to people familiar with the matter, but the Germans have asked for more specific evidence to demonstrate the security threat.
- German authorities and telecom executives have yet to turn up any evidence of security problems with Chinese equipment vendors, according to a person familiar with the matter. Separately, at a (secret lobster-themed) meeting in Canada in July 2018, espionage chiefs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. — all signatories to a treaty on signals intelligence, and often referred to as the “Five Eyes” — agreed to do their best to contain the global growth of Chinese telecom (vendor) Huawei, the Australian Financial Review reported (paywalled).
- On the other hand, documents leaked by WikiLeaks and Snowden claimed that the NSA, the leader of the Five Eyes, tapped German Chancellery for decades and bugged routers made by Cisco, the leading American networking equipment vendor.
- Huawei is working on advanced security technology with the “Public Security Bureau” in China.
- They are working on advanced new surveillance and population-control techniques.
- the use of facial recognition
- digital monitoring
- artificial intelligence in policing.
- Chinese law requires companies in China to “support, cooperate with and collaborate in national intelligence work”.
- Security experts have proven that this “surveillance technology” could be brought into other countries in their 5G telecommunications hardware and smartphones.
- Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance – 3 of the 5 (US, Australia and New Zealand) have already banned Huawei from their 5G infrastructure. Canada and Britain are still on the fence.
- China also has a history of stealing intellectual property from Western countries (including Canada).
- AT&T said Tuesday its network is now live in parts of 12 cities across the United States, with the first mobile 5G device arriving on Friday, December 21. From a report: According to an AT&T spokesperson, the company’s 5G network is already up and running in parts of the previously promised dozen cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Waco.
- However, the first consumer device that will be able to access that network, Netgear’s Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, will become available just ahead of the Christmas holiday.
- The company also revealed that it will be using the name “5G+” for the part of its network that will use millimeter wave spectrum and technologies, and it said the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will run on that 5G+ network. […] * *
- At that point, the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will cost $499 outright, with 15GB of 5G service priced at $70 per month, which AT&T calls “comparable” to its current $50 monthly charge for 10GB of 4G data. (You’ll rip through that so fast. Story about how fast you went through 1 GB)
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