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General Discussion => Information Technology & Cyber Security => Topic started by: adroth on June 01, 2019, 05:59:42 AM

Title: Huawei Timeline
Post by: adroth on June 01, 2019, 05:59:42 AM
This thread index focuses on Huawei and its relations with the rest of the world
Title: Re: Huawei Timeline
Post by: adroth on June 01, 2019, 05:59:52 AM
Huawei: A simple guide to why the company is in so much trouble
24 April 2019

A lot of people are talking about Huawei - and not just because they make really well reviewed, top-end phones.

The Chinese company is in pretty hot water in various places, because certain people believe they are using their tech to spy on people - something the company totally denies.

There's a court case against Huawei taking place in the US right now.

And other countries all over the world are losing faith in this tech giant due to security fears.

But not the UK - because our government has given Huawei the green light to supply equipment for the UK 5G data network.

The company will help build some "non-core" parts, such as antennas, but they have been blocked from producing "core" parts, which could allow access to sensitive information.

Previously, questions about Huawei have been asked in other parts of the world, but now that conversation has come direct to handsets in the UK.

So here's a quick explanation of what's been going on.

What is Huawei?

First of all, it's pronounced "wah-way" (according to the company themselves) and Huawei sells more mobile phones across the world than Apple.

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Why is everyone talking about Huawei?

There are some worries about what Huawei has been doing with the millions of mobile phones it's sold and all that tech kit.

Some countries fear Huawei is being used by the Chinese government to spy on people.

The man who founded Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, was an engineer in the Chinese People's Liberation Army in the early 1980s - a fact which has worried businesses and governments already distrustful of China's political leaders.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army is the armed force of the Communist Party of China, which has ruled the People's Republic of China since 1949.

Ren Zhengfei was involved in China's ruling communist party nearly 40 years ago

Huawei says it has no links to the government and insists it is an independent company.

But there have been warnings in the US since 2012 that Huawei pose a security threat.

And in the UK, a report in 2018 said it had "only limited assurance" that Huawei's broadband and mobile equipment wasn't a threat to national security - which isn't exactly a glowing endorsement.

OK, who else is involved?

It's not just the US and UK who are starting to get a bit concerned.

In 2018, both Australia and New Zealand excluded Huawei from involvement in it's future 5G network - again because they think the company might be trying to spy on them.

In January 2019, Vodafone "paused" the use of Huawei equipment in Europe (specifically Spain) because they had the same worries.

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Title: Re: Huawei Timeline
Post by: Ayoshi on July 01, 2019, 02:50:52 AM
Getting the World to Comply With the US Huawei Ban Wonít Be Easy | The Diplomat - June 29, 2019

That the U.S. would run into enforcement problems isnít surprising. The U.S. government has long struggled to force companies to abide by technology transfer rules. Firms typically choose to cooperate with China because they see some gain, whether access to workers, markets, or resources, and very often price concerns about technology theft into the deals theyíre making. Forcing compliance with rules is difficult, because U.S. regulators donít have much access to what actually happens on Chinese factory floors, and U.S. companies have little incentive to be transparent about their activities. Moreover, the U.S. government has long been loath to punish companies for suspected transgressions, and American companies have lots of tools for getting around the rules imposed by the Trump administration.

Enforcement difficulties speak to a basic problem with existing policy: U.S. companies have conflicting incentives with respect to working with China. Banning sales to Huawei has the potential to inflict a great deal of harm on the Chinese firm, but American companies also benefit from the trade. Even companies that sign on to the overall logic of the trade war can gain by free-riding, just as companies sold prohibited technology to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. And many American producers have expressed concern that China will develop technological work-around that will alleviate their dependence on U.S. goods.
Title: Re: Huawei Timeline
Post by: Ayoshi on July 06, 2019, 06:51:25 AM

US Companies Find Legal Loopholes to Supply Huawei Despite Export Ban
June 27, 2019 Updated: June 27, 2019

U.S. chipmakers Micron, Qualcomm, Intel are among a handful of American firms that have resumed supplying tech parts to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, after initially suspending them due to a U.S. export ban that forbade the Chinese firm from doing business with U.S. suppliers, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). A former Commerce Department senior official said that the ban has a legal loophole, but that it could be fixed.
Title: Re: Huawei Timeline
Post by: Ayoshi on July 06, 2019, 06:54:26 AM

Huawei Personnel Worked With Chinaís Military on Research Projects
June 27, 2019, 8:15 AM GMT+8 Updated on June 27, 2019, 6:04 PM GMT+8

Several Huawei Technologies Co. employees have collaborated on research projects with Chinese armed forces personnel, indicating closer ties to the countryís military than previously acknowledged by the smartphone and networking powerhouse.

Over the past decade, Huawei workers have teamed with members of various organs of the Peopleís Liberation Army on at least 10 research endeavors spanning artificial intelligence to radio communications. They include a joint effort with the investigative branch of the Central Military Commission -- the armed forcesí supreme body -- to extract and classify emotions in online video comments, and an initiative with the elite National University of Defense Technology to explore ways of collecting and analyzing satellite images and geographical coordinates.

Those projects are just a few of the publicly disclosed studies that shed light on how staff at Chinaís largest technology company teamed with the Peopleís Liberation Army on research into an array of potential military and security applications. Bloomberg culled the papers from published periodicals and online research databases used mainly by Chinese academics and industry specialists. The authors of the treatises, which havenít been reported in the media previously, identified themselves as Huawei employees and the company name was prominently listed at the top of the papers.

Other source: reuters (

Title: Re: Huawei Timeline
Post by: adroth on August 20, 2019, 03:38:40 AM
U.S. grants temporary reprieve to Huawei, easing trade tensions

The Trump administration is giving China's Huawei Technologies an additional 90 days to buy equipment from U.S. companies that it needs to offer telecommunications services.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the extension will provide "more time" for American consumers and businesses to "transition away from Huawei's products." The new deadline will be Nov. 19, the Commerce Department said in the statement.

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Title: Re: Huawei Timeline
Post by: Ayoshi on August 31, 2019, 03:09:30 AM

Huawei's next phone will not have Google apps
29 August 2019

Google confirmed that due to a US government ban on sales to Huawei, it could not license its apps to the Chinese smartphone giant.

It also means the next Huawei phone will not have access to the Google Play app store, which could leave customers without access to other popular apps.

Analysts suggest Huawei will struggle to sell a phone without Google's apps.

See also: Huawei's Android alternative, HarmonyOS (