This is not really surprising. When India is concerned about the security issues in using the Huawei telecom equipment no wonder US government backed NSA will definitely have concerns. But I still wonder isn't it possible to verify the security of the telecom vendor equipment? Huge businees for Huwaei will be hampered if the AT&T and Sprint decide not to buy any equipment.
This is a stupid decision and NSA appears having no confidence on their own surveillance capability.
Let's face it, Huawei and ZTE just provide better technology than that of E/// and ALU with a much better price. Why do they have to press AT&T to buy more expensive and worse equipment?
On the other hand, BT 2000CN and 3's Mobile Broadband are using Huawei's equipments. I haven't heard MI6 had complained it.
As long as Huawei's equipments are separated from NSA's traffic, why shouldn't AT&T buy them?
The threat to national security nowadays is not from the communist China, it is from Al Qaeda. Will Huawei's equipment hinder NSA eavesdrop Al Qaeda? I rather encourage NSA to buy more equipments from Huawei or ZTE with the same budget. China is after us by their economical means and we are still stuck on idealogical difference.
wave.forest, probably a PRC paid 50 cent-er, makes the specious, off-the-cuff claim that Huawei and ZTE have better tech and given wave.forest's grammar that isn't surprising.. stupid little Han nationalist effyewseekay. A big part of the tech they have is undoubtedly thanks to said types working in the US and Europe sending stolen IP care packages back to China through their PRC contacts.
In this instance, and most others remotely like it, NSA is not only justified in raising the red flag (no pun intended), they are to be commended for their operations and vigilance.
Regardless of what India and others may do, AT&T should choose wiser and better.
China is not our friend. They are the most fearsome competitor we've ever faced. We currently gain short term advantage from cheap goods manufactured in China and they are building an ultra modern consumer economy at our expense. They are investing in themselves and we are consuming their cheap products and not investing in ourselves. In the process they are bringing 3/4s of their people out of poverty and we are collapsing our middle class sending them into growing poverty. Currently, they are the number two economy growing at 10% per year vs our 2.5% growth. They are the number two military power growing at 10%. They have 3 times the number of people. They have decades long plans to be number one. We seem to be helping them attain their goal with weak enforcement on monetary policy and allowing trade barriers to our exports, while letting their products freely into our country. If we don’t invest in ourselves we won’t have anything China needs when they pass us in the next 10 years. We’ll be the cheap labor making crap for their children and be fighting each other to get those “good” jobs at the toy factory.