In 2012, a US Congress Committee called Huawei and ZTE national security threats, and it has since gone downhill. The United States has warned its allies not to allow Huawei networking equipment to build 5G networks. As far as countries like the United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand have banned carriers from buying Huawei equipment. Why? Because the laws of China allow the governing communist government to require technical firms to assemble facilities on its behalf. In spite of denials from Huawei leaders and the founder, the United States believes the company's phones and equipment carry a back door that sends or wants to send private consumer and business data to Beijing.
Huawei supporters always ask to see the evidence to support the theory that the company has designed back doors for their phones and networking equipment. And sure enough, Bloomberg reports that European telecom giant Vodafone had found such backdoors in the Huawei equipment to go back a few years. Bloomberg took a look at Vodafone documents from 2009 and 201
1, and learned that Vodafone requested that the back doors be removed from Huawei home internet routers and parts of the network that transmit Internet data over optical fiber. The internal documents prepared by Vodafone and read by Bloomberg said that the backdoors that were discovered could have allowed a third party to access a Vodafone customer's PC and home internet network. The equipment with the vulnerabilities was earmarked for Vodafone's Italian operations.
UPDATE: Vodafone denies Bloomberg's report and has released the following statement: "Bloomberg is wrong in saying this" could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the operator's landline network in Italy. In addition, we have no evidence of unauthorized access. This was nothing more than a mistake in removing a diagnostic function after development. The problems were identified by independent security testing, initiated by Vodafone as part of our routine security measures, and fixed at that time by Huawei. "The Telecom firm continues to add that what Blommberg thought was a backdoor was a diagnostic tool called Telnet, used by many network equipment vendors.
The documents also show that back in 2011, Vodafone asked Huawei to remove these back doors Although Huawei said it solved the problem, Vodafone found that the back doors were left, it should be noted that there are legitimate reasons for a company to include a backdoor with network equipment and software. Help developers to manage the software used with the equipment, but it also provides a vulnerability that can be used by those with malicious intent.
Huawei is the second-largest phone manufacturer and world's largest network equipment provider
Earlier this year, the US broke the justice department criminal Huawei in a scheme to cover goods and services that the company allegedly sold to Iran. are under international economic sanctions, and the United States claims that several units of the Chinese manufacturer were involved in bankruptcy to conceal these transactions. Also charged was Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder Ren Zhengfei. In addition, Huawei was responsible for stealing business secrets from T-Mobile in a case involving theft of parts taken from a telephone test robot called "Tappy". T-Mobile had previously won $ 4.2 million from Huawei from a civil lawsuit filed over the incident.
Despite the lack of a large US partnership, Huawei sold over 200 million phones last year. During the first quarter of this year, the IDC says Huawei sent 59.1 million phones. That put the other to Samsung's 71.9 million, but topped the 36.4 million iPhones that the research firm estimates Apple delivered from January to March. The company has said it hopes to be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by next year. It is already the world's largest network equipment provider.
The bets are much higher now with 5G networks being expanded. The next generation of wireless connectivity offers data rates 10 times faster than 4G LTE. New businesses and services are expected to emerge thanks to the fast, fast 5G download speeds, and these networks need to be secure.