Investigation finds Huawei gear in rural cell towers that had disturbing capabilities
Back in 2020, Huawei’s Deputy Chairman Ken Hu spoke with telecom leaders about 5G capabilities
As we’ve told you over the years, rural wireless providers were apt to use Huawei telecom equipment because of the cheaper pricing and many of these purchases were subsidized by the FCC’s Universal Services Fund (USF) which is funded by a charge placed against network providers based on their interstate and international revenues.
CNN sources say there is no question that the discovered Huawei gear was a major security threat
The results of this investigation were never publicly released-until now when more than a dozen sources spoke anonymously with CNN. It isn’t known whether the FBI was able to determine whether the discovered equipment was able to send stolen data to the Chinese government in Beijing. While the Chinese have denied that it made any attempt to spy on the U.S., Huawei told CNN that its equipment is unable to operate in any of the spectrum that has been awarded to the U.S. Defense Department.
But Huawei’s denial rings hollow as again, multiple sources told CNN that there is no question that the Huawei equipment discovered had the capability to intercept commercial cell traffic and military communications. The gear can also disrupt U.S. Strategic Command communications which would allow the Chinese to get details about the nuclear arsenal available to the United States.
Huawei’s current flagship phone, the photography-centered P50 Pro
Also during the Trump era, Huawei was cut off from obtaining cutting-edge chips thanks to a new export rule put into place by the Commerce Department. Huawei was forced to develop its own operating system and now uses Qualcomm chips that have been modified to run on 4G networks only. To prevent its sub-unit Honor from going down the toilet with it, Huawei sold the company for $15 billion.
While it still is the top company in providing telecom equipment globally, when it comes to smartphones the firm is a shadow of its old self. It no longer is one of the top six smartphone manufacturers in the world.