NEWS ANALYSIS: An agreement between U.S. law enforcement and wireless firms to drop Huawei from a list of acceptable telecom vendors may look like paranoia, until you look a little deeper.
To say that government officials in Washington, D.C., are paranoid about Chinese spies would be incorrect. After all, as the saying goes, it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you. This is very much the situation in Washington, and it explains a lot about why a number of government agencies and members of Congress are insisting that Softbank and Sprint not use equipment from Chinese manufacturer Huawei when their merger goes through.
The pending agreement, which was reported in The New York Times March 28, makes it clear that approval of the merger hinges on meeting national security concerns. For its part, Softbank has reported that it has already excluded Huawei from wireless networks it builds in Japan. Sprint does not use Huawei in its own networks, but does in its Clearwire subsidiary. Sprint has agreed to replace the existing Huawei telecom equipment at Clearwire.
and the last paragraph is a touch un-nerving
But there's an obvious question that follows from here. Should Chinese telecom equipment be banned from the U.S. entirely? Or there's the next question, which is whether equipment made in China, from iPhones to televisions, can be certified to be free of Chinese spyware. I don't know the answer to that last one.
Is Apple completely confident that there's not some Chinese spyware code quietly lying in wait inside every iPhone? I hope so, but I don't think I'm paranoid to wonder about it.