Huawei CEO: EU doing a ‘great job’ in cybersecurity | EURACTIV.com

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Amid growing pressure from the US on European governments to reject Chinese tech firms, Huawei’s rotating CEO Ken Hu said on Tuesday (16 April) that the EU was doing “a great job” on cybersecurity.

In a keynote speech during its annual analyst summit in Shenzhen, where the company is based, Hu’s words were seen as a signal of the importance given by the company to European regulators. EURACTIV.com was invited to the summit.

Hu mentioned the cybersecurity center opened in Brussels in early March in order to increase the transparency of the work done in this field and the cooperation with stakeholders and European regulators.

Source: Huawei CEO: EU doing a ‘great job’ in cybersecurity – EURACTIV.com

Huawei says not discussed 5G chipsets with Apple, wins more telco gear contracts | Reuters


China’s Huawei Technologies said on Tuesday it has not held talks with Apple Inc about supplying 5G chipsets, a day after its founder said it was open to selling such chips to the U.S. firm which has yet to unveil dates for a next-gen iPhone.

Apple is behind rivals such as South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co and Huawei in delivering a phone equipped with fifth-generation (5G) modems that is expected to provide fresh momentum in a slumping global smartphone market.

Source: Huawei says not discussed 5G chipsets with Apple, wins more telco gear contracts – Reuters

Capacity Media | Cloud gaming could be 50% of 5G data traffic by 2022


Operators believe that cloud gaming could represent 25% to 50% of 5G data traffic by 2022, based on the rapid progression of cloud gaming services in recent months.

That was one of the major findings from Openwave Mobility’s Mobile Video Industry Council (MOVIC) Livecast online event held yesterday with over 50 operators in attendance, including: Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, AT&T and Telefónica.

Source: Capacity Media

Who is the man behind Huawei and why is the U.S. intelligence community so afraid of his company? | Los Angeles Times

Washington would have you believe Huawei’s official history is a sham — that Huawei is effectively a creation of the Chinese government and that its success is based on Ren Zhengfei’s close ties to intelligence units within the People’s Liberation Army.

Huawei’s leadership unequivocally rejects the suggestion.

While Huawei’s origins and its independence are in dispute, its accomplishments and ambitions are not.

Huawei has taken an early lead in developing the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, with its promise of quantum leaps in connectivity.

Should Huawei maintain and extend that lead while also advancing on other fronts, it and, by extension, China could be first to produce a new generation of sensitive military systems, smart grids, autonomous transportation vehicles and other crucial products and processes.

Source: Who is the man behind Huawei and why is the U.S. intelligence community so afraid of his company? – Los Angeles Times

NASA Makes First Award on GSA’s Massive $50 Billion Telecom Contract | Nextgov


The nation’s space agency, NASA, is first to make a telecom modernization award off of the General Services Administration’s $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract.

CenturyLink, one of the big three communications infrastructure providers, announced Monday an agreement with NASA to modernize the agency’s infrastructure through the Communications Program Backbone Core Services contract.

The CP Backbone includes 21 locations, according to an EIS solicitation, with 12 core sites—covered by the CP Backbone Core Services contract—and nine regional sites—covered under a separate solicitation, the CP Backbone Regional and Session Initiation Protocol Services contract, which has yet to be awarded.

Under the $10.5 million, nine-and-a-half year, contract, CenturyLink will “provide core backbone network services with speeds of up to 100 Gbps,” according to a company release.

Source: NASA Makes First Award on GSA’s Massive $50 Billion Telecom Contract – Nextgov

The emerging role of 5G wireless networking in future mobile military communications


Glimpses of that military communications future are taking shape through the smoke of the conflict between the U.S. and Huawei, the telecommunications giant created by communist China to dominate manufacturing and implementation of 5G networks.

5G data moves at 10 gigabytes per second, and latency is less than a millisecond, a hundred times faster than 4G. These attributes will connect sensors and enable unmanned air, sea, subsurface, and ground vehicles to become autonomous.

Source: The emerging role of 5G wireless networking in future mobile military communications

Elite U.S. school MIT cuts ties with Chinese tech firms Huawei, ZTE | Reuters


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has severed ties with Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp as U.S. authorities investigate the Chinese firms for alleged sanctions violations, it said on Wednesday.

MIT is the latest top U.S. education institution to unplug telecom equipment made by Huawei and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding.

“MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions,” Maria Zuber, its vice president for research, said bit.ly/2K528XI in a letter on its website.

Collaborations with China, Russia and Saudi Arabia would face additional administrative review procedures, Zuber added.

Source: Elite U.S. school MIT cuts ties with Chinese tech firms Huawei, ZTE | Reuters

UK identifies fresh Huawei risks to telecom networks | EURACTIV.com


Britain has identified “significant” issues in Chinese giant Huawei’s engineering processes that pose “new risks” for the nation’s telecommunications, a government report found Thursday (March 28).

“Further significant technical issues have been identified in Huawei’s engineering processes, leading to new risks in the UK telecommunications networks,” read annual findings from the government’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board.

HCSEC stressed that it “does not believe that the defects identified are a result of Chinese state interference.”

However, the board added that “no material progress has been made by Huawei in the remediation of the issues reported last year.”

And it concluded: “Overall, the oversight board can only provide limited assurance that all risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks can be sufficiently mitigated long-term.”

HCSEC was formed in 2010 to mitigate perceived risks arising from the involvement of Huawei in critical national infrastructure.

The government-led board includes officials from Britain’s GCHQ cybersecurity agency as well as a senior Huawei executive and representatives from the UK telecommunications sector.

Source: UK identifies fresh Huawei risks to telecom networks – EURACTIV.com

Installing Chinese 5G Gear is Dangerous—and Probably Inevitable: NATO Center Report | Nextgov


Cheap Chinese 5G technology isn’t all that cheap when you factor in the government time and resources needed to make it safe—or at least safer—to use, a new NATO Center of Excellence report says.

That’s the warning from a new report by the NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, or CCDCOE, which notes the considerable risks of importing next-generation telecom equipment from Chinese hardware and software maker Huawei.

Acknowledging that alliance governments are unlikely to issue the “blanket bans” sought by U.S. officials, the report recommends instead a lot more government supervision of what companies like Huawei are building.

U.S. Defense Undersecretary Ellen Lord and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford have highlighted the risk of Chinese-made 5G equipment, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the United States would have a hard time “partnering” with countries that import it.

“If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them” Pompeo said in February.

U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern about Huawei and its opaque relationship to the Chinese military since at least 2012.

Source: Installing Chinese 5G Gear is Dangerous—and Probably Inevitable: NATO Center Report – Nextgov

Mike Leff: AT&T to Help Department of Navy Transition to FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network | ExecutiveBiz

nullThe Department of the Navy has agreed to deploy a national public safety broadband network from AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority across Navy and Marine Corps installations in the U.S., Seeking Alpha reported Monday.

“We are honored to help the Department of the Navy transition to the FirstNet public safety communications platform,” said Mike Leff, vice president for defense at AT&T’s public sector business.

“It’s a promising first step toward eventual procurement, deployment and management of FirstNet-based services,” he added.

Source: Mike Leff: AT&T to Help Department of Navy Transition to FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network | ExecutiveBiz