Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, Huawei, has been slammed hard by Governments all over the world, and its biggest blow came from the US Government Congressional reports, which suggested Huawei’s possible ties with the Chinese government for spying on the US. Although the congressional reports came in much later after Australia had already rejected Huawei two months ago, it was the nail in the coffin for Huawei. Canada followed suit and threw out Huawei from its own Government network too. Soon thereafter, ZTE lost its Cisco sales partnership over illegal sales, and the world-dominant Chinese telecom hardware space started looking pretty messed up.
Huawei realized that something had to be done to save its mega-projects and more importantly, its brand name. Huawei is here for business, and bad press can bring about bad business faster these days. The US congressional reports talked more about possibilities than factual evidences of Huawei spying, and the best way out of this fiasco for Huawei, was to let experts take a look at its internals.
In its first aggressive response since the starting of this blame game, Huawei is now challenging the Australian Government (the first one to cry foul) to look at its source code and have it tested through an independent testing facility. Huawei Australia Chief, John Lord says that Huawei feels strongly against state-funded spying. He has made it clear that the protectionism being practiced by the US is not going to ensure security. Lord goes to the extent of tagging this as part of a trade conflict between US and China.
The fiery rhetoric of the US Committee’s report may make good headline-fodder in an election year, but it should really be seen as a missed opportunity.
Cybersecurity infringements, violations are illegal and we would never allow anyone to do that and we haven’t. We would never allow our equipment to be misused and I make that point quite strongly.
Finally, Lord also states that over 70 percent of Huawei’s equipment comes from outside China, and this invalidates the whole premise of the purely apprehensive moves made by a series of Governments worldwide.