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Network expansion : The abstract fear of Huawei

It is a formulation that is a symbol for the campaign against the Chinese network supplier: "It's the suspicion that several of the moments that Huawei could

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Network expansion : The abstract fear of Huawei

It is a formulation that is a symbol for the campaign against the Chinese network supplier: "It's the suspicion that several of the moments that Huawei could pose a security risk." For the indignation of the announcement of Huawei, to the development of 5G networks in Germany are involved. And, although the group is offering as the only provider of a fully available and relatively cheap solution.

the approach taken by the US against Huawei should be sufficient to achieve in this country exclusion. And that's a perfidious principle: Because the "Prosecutor" to stay any proof of guilty, while Huawei is doing himself hard to prove his innocence.

by 2015, the United States had banned the use of Huawei components in the "Government Networks" – mind you in private networks. While more and more countries will follow this model and Huawei exclude from the development of 5G networks, meanwhile, is clear: To date, no vulnerabilities have been detected which would justify an exclusion at all. Rather, it is an abstract fear of an influence of the Chinese state. There are Monitoring and control fantasies, which are simply derived from the Chinese monitoring laws. At the core of the allegation, that a cooperation of companies and the secret services in China is enshrined in law, and for Western countries, a risk could be.

however, if you Look at the list of countries with such a cooperation rule, we find all the drivers of exclusion: the USA, great Britain, new Zealand and Australia. In all countries there are appropriate regulations, and – unlike in the case of Huawei is also evidence that these have been exploited in the past to compromise the devices of domestic manufacturers. Other parts of the world have similar regulations: Russia, India, and even parts of the EU. No monitoring of the law would, without such a provision on cooperation. There is a view in the Snowden documents is enough to understand: This abstract fear follows the assumption that China will provide in the event of a case similar claims to your own company.

Chinese companies exclude? This is wishful thinking

Already in 2015 and circulated in IT security circles, the rumor that the USA have Huawei be excluded as a provider in the programming of the operating software alone from the reason because of this could not place the Malware of the NSA unnoticed by the operators.

However, until today, Huawei is the only company that the required software components to the requirements of the customer and if desired, under the control of, and is ready for his Software critical security checks. It could be found until today, and despite extensive Tests of various operators, no security holes, Backdoors or similar vulnerabilities, which could be a real threat.

to Compare the security level reached with the competition, it is difficult to define the requirements of what legally are immediately vulnerable. I envy the Swiss Federal office for security in information technology is not to develop without any reference to misconduct of rules against Huawei. Especially since formal Neutrality considerations as well as EU legislation must be complied with, without the need for other suppliers to be excluded.

A second look at the technology and patent position-the-art networking technologies: A complete exclusion of Chinese technologies is wishful thinking and cannot be implemented in practice.

to limit, I would argue, on the facts. We must not be guided of our rules for the use of Technology in the most TRANS-national networks of statements, the only Parts of the security apparatus spring or on a baseless political debate based on. It applies: when In doubt, it is decided for the defendant.

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5G mobile and wireless communications confidence in Huawei is risky

Thorsten Benner

The author is on the Board of the Internet industry Association Eco

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