Washington DC- A group of Republican Senators is concerned and asking the Obama Administration to take notice of the partnership between Sprint-Nextel and Huawei. Huawei is known in the Android community as a purveyor of smartphones and tablet devices running the Android platform. However The Droid Guy has found out through analyst sources that the Sprint-Nextel and Huawei partnership is more about network infrastructure than a new vendor of handsets.
The senators insist that Huawei has ties to the Iranian government and the Chinese Military and said this on the matter “We are concerned that Huawei’s position as a supplier of Sprint Nextel could create substantial risk for U.S. companies and possibly undermine U.S. national security,” wrote Sens. John Kyl (R-Ariz.), Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.), Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Richard M. Burr (R-N.C.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a letter.
The senators cited that Huawei supplied telecommunications equipment to Saddham Hussein’s Iraq and Taliban RuledAfghanistan. Currently the senators are alleging that Huawei supplies telecommunications equipment to Iran and has strong ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corpis (IRGC) for which there are current sanctions imposed against Iraq.
What the senators found most troubling though was the company’s ties to the Chinese Military. The senators outline includes the fact that Intelligence services from Britian, France, Australia and India feel that their data may be at risk if Huawei does business with the United States via Sprint-Nextel. There fear is that Huawei would be able to leave back doors to their protected data open through software and equipment of their own.
Regardless of their alleged involvement with the Iranian government and or the Chinese Military, Huawei is one of China’s largest companies specializing in both Wimax and LTE infrastructure. Although Sprint declined to comment we have confirmed with other sources that this is not about Android handsets. It’s also important to note that many of the Asian electronics conglomerates have multiple branches and specialize in many things including parts, chipsets, and designs for various governments across the world.
Huawei has bid on some communications contracts with Sprint and has hired legal counsel in the United States that specialize in Telecom and Telecom Mergers.