Chinese networking giant Huawei hit back at last week’s proposal from the FCC to try to make it more difficult for U.S. companies to buy its products.
The proposal would prevent companies using the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to buy “equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to United States communications networks or the communications supply chain.”
Although Huawei is not singled out in the proposal, federal and congressional officials have claimed for several months that the company is too closely linked to the Chinese government, and a fact sheet outlining the rule mentions this several times.
Huawei has issued a statement in response, claiming that the company poses no security threat in any country and no government has ever tried to intervene in its decisions. An excerpt from the statement reads.
“U.S. authorities have made a series of allegations against Huawei that simply aren’t true. We pose no security threat in any country,” said the firm. “Huawei is a 100 percent employee-owned company. No government agency has ever tried to intervene in our operations or decisions. US authorities should not base major legislative decisions on speculation and rumor. Our products and solutions are trusted in more than 170 countries and regions. In 30 years, not a single operator has experienced a security issue with our equipment. This includes U.S. operators.”
“Today’s ICT industry relies on global supply chains. To meet the real challenges of global cybersecurity, we need collaboration across the entire ecosystem,” Huawei added. “Hostility and closed doors never solved anything.”