Huawei stymied by India security fears
Huawei is a danger, no kit from the reds
Chinese telecoms equipment providers are suffering because of fears that their kit contains backdoors for the Chinese government to listen in
Huawei is currently bidding to provide mobile network equipment in southern India. In fact, after a court case ruled out a bid from Nokia-Siemens, it is the only firm still in the running. But the Indian media has reported that granting the contract to the Chinese firm would be a security risk.
The firm's Indian sales boss told the FT that this was no more than negative spin from rival companies. Vikas Dewan said: "As we are getting big enough to trouble our biggest competitors, there are allegations emerging similar to those we faced in the US."
Huawei has attracted such concerns partly because of its founder and partly because its precise ownership is not known - although the Chinese government is assumed to have an interest.
Huawei's attempt to take over 3Com was scuppered for similar reasons. ®
Huawei's not so golden history
Sometimes these things are based on knee-jerk presumptions, sometimes not.
If I recall correctly, Huawei has a long history of pirating/copying other organizations IP, including Cisco IOS. Cisco had longstanding lawsuits against them for this.
It doesn't exactly reflect too well on their general trustworthiness.
Its all a matter of trust
This is all really quite simple The Chinese are not to be trusted. They're cheap, which makes the western company's Finance Director look good, but they expose us to needless risk by side-stepping virtually every single standard known to man.
Pretty soon, if not already, China will be as vital to the western economies as oil is today. We're getting ourselves in deep doo doos, people.
Mines the one printed bold "All hail our new Chinese overlords".
1. You can have backdoors in hardware too. The most obvious examples are keyloggers and passkey-triggered timebombs
2. 99% of chips and PCBs are manufactured in China, so don't expect the abovementioned NSN gear to be free from backdoors