Monday, 8 October 2012

Does Dave still love Huawei?

Last month, we heard from PCPro

UK's loyalty set for £1.2bn Huawei reward

The UK economy is set to get a much needed boost on Tuesday when Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei announces an expected £1.2bn investment including hundreds of jobs.

The announcement, which is expected to be endorsed by prime minister David Cameron, will consist of a pledge to create at least 700 jobs in the country along with a direct investment of £600m in Huawei’s growing UK base.

Today, also according to PCPro

China's top telecoms equipment makers should be shut out of the US market because potential Chinese state influence on them poses a security threat, a US intelligence committee has recommended
US companies thinking about buying from Huawei should "find another vendor if you care about your intellectual property; if you care about your consumers' privacy and you care about the national security of the United States of America," panel chairman Mike Rogers said in comments broadcast late on Sunday on the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

Oops! I wonder if the UK and US don't see eye to eye on Huawei, or whether the US simply doesn't share the detail behind this kind of info.


James Higham said...

Or our govt is below incompetent.

Anonymous said...

This tale was trawled in the US some time back. Suspicion is the wicked orientals will build-in a secret path to Fu Manchu's website. Alleged 'evidence' of mysterious programming accesses into routers etc etc. Total bollocks, all to do with US industrial protectionism. In the UK we have very little industry to protect - so no worries and the money will come in handy.

As for 'data-leakage', another matter entirely.

A K Haart said...

James - it is, we need a new word!

Roger - yes it is protectionism, but with added issues of opaque Chinese industrial ownership and control.

The Chinese probably see it the same way.

Angus Dei said...

Which probably explains why my bluray player keeps following me about...

A K Haart said...

Angus - it's sending images of your every move back to a Chinese reality show.

Angus Dei said...

Are they going to be disappointed...