Germany may use Huawei hardware for its 5G networks


German officials talking to the Wall Street Journal say the country has made a "preliminary decision" to let Huawei bid on contracts for 5G networking despite US pressure to ban the Chinese company. A cybersecurity agency investigation didn't show evidence that Huawei could steal data through its wireless equipment, the officials said, even though the country had US help. It also couldn't find proof that Huawei had done anything wrong, and conversations with the US and UK over potential security holes were ultimately "inconclusive." Political leaders are expected to discuss the decision on the night of February 19th. There's no guarantee Huawei will receive the greenlight, though.

UK believes it doesn't need to ban Huawei from 5G networks


The US may have had some success in persuading allies to ban Huawei equipment from their 5G networks, but not everyone is convinced there's an existential threat. Financial Times sources claim the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has found that it can limit the risks of using Huawei gear in 5G deployments without banning it entirely. This could include using a variety of suppliers and restricting some parts of 5G networks. You might not hear about these findings for a while. A Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department spokesperson told the FT that the review of 5G security was "ongoing" and that talk of any definitive decisions was "inaccurate."

1 US Case Against Huawei Centers Around a Robot Called Tappy

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One Huawei employee, identified in the indictment only as "R.Y," wrote in a January 2013 email to Huawei China that, "Once again, we CAN'T ask TMO any questions about the robot. TMO is VERY angry the questions that we asked. Sorry we can't deliver any more information to you." The employee suggested Huawei China send its own engineer to the Seattle lab.

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Curbs on Huawei Equipment Use

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd filed a lawsuit against the United States late Wednesday, alleging that it acted illegally by enacting a law that forbids the government from doing business with companies that use Huawei equipment as a "substantial or essential component" of their system.

Strong Smartphone Sales Drive Huawei Profit Growth WSJD - Technology

But the solid earnings were clouded by the company's inability to crack the U.S. market, amid warnings by U.S. national security agencies that the company's products could give the Chinese government access to critical networks. Huawei has repeatedly denied such allegations, saying its products don't have so-called backdoors that would allow such access. "Now, for a variety of reasons, we can't do business in the U.S. We feel helpless there," Ken Hu, who finished his six-month stint on Friday as Huawei's rotating chief executive officer told reporters at a briefing that day. "These challenges in the U.S. will make us work even harder in other markets around the world." Best Buy Co. is planning to stop selling phones in the U.S. made by Huawei, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.