Obama & NSA vs. China & Huawei?

The Obama Administration is pushing South Korea and other allies to avoid networking gear from China's Huawei Technologies. But who is the real spy in the room?

The VAR Guy

December 6, 2013

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Obama & NSA vs. China & Huawei?

So, the U.S. government is warning allies not to use network and wireless equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies. Uncle Sam has concerns Huawei’s equipment could be used for spying. Does Nobody See Apparent irony here? Hmmm…

The VAR Guy typically doesn’t jump into political discussions. But this was too tempting a topic to pass up. The Obama Administration, according to the Dec. 4 Wall Street Journal, has been raising concerns with government officials in South Korea — which plans to deploy an advanced wireless network using Huawei’s equipment.

According to the article: The U.S. is worried Huawei’s equipment may allow China to spy. American military personnel using Huawei-based networks could also find their communications compromised, the article alleged.

Huawei has repeatedly denied such claims, but the company has had plenty of run-ins with the U.S. government as well as Cisco Systems. The disputes have involved intellectual property, spying and other concerns.

Despite the controversy, Huawei seems to be catching on in the United States, where major distributors such as Synnex now offer the company’s networking products.

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