Huawei sues USA government over ban on its products

Huawei sues USA government over ban on its products

Huawei sues USA government over ban on its products

Vodafone said that a ban on using Huawei gear will delay 5G deployment and lead to huge costs to the company and the UK, BBC reported on Thursday, quoting the mobile operator's chief technology officer.

Its lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, seeks to overturn a provision in current US military funding legislation that forbids government agencies and their contractors from using Huawei products.

Huawei is the world leader in telecoms networking equipment.

Huawei said the case was filed in a US District Court in Plano, Texas, challenging what it called an "unconstitutional" defense bill that prevents government agencies from buying its equipment, services or working with third parties that are Huawei customers. Huawei is included in that. The company has spent years trying to put to rest accusations it facilitates Chinese spying or is controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

Increasingly, both sides appear to be resorting to courts to press their cases. Guo said the ban would limit competition, slowing the rollout of fifth-generation communications and raising consumer prices.

US President Donald Trump told Reuters he would consider intervening in her case - a potential action he alluded to again two weeks ago - if it would help close a trade deal with China. The charges include conspiracy to steal trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Given Meng's wealth and connections, she could drag out the extradition fight for years. US prosecutors have filed charges accusing Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, of lying to banks about dealings with Iran. We have also invested substantially in the American telecommunications industry, including by establishing partnerships with hundreds of USA companies.

"The U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products", a statement attributed to Huawei chairman Guo Ping reads. He complaining Washington was "sparing no effort to smear" the company.

While Huawei had very little share of the USA market before the bill, it is the world's biggest telecoms gear maker and is seeking to be at the forefront of a global roll-out of fifth generation (5G) mobile networks and services.

Chinese tech giant Huawei is challenging a USA law that limits its sales of telecom equipment in the US on security grounds as the company steps up efforts to preserve its access to global markets for next-generation communications. The U.S. accounts for 20 percent to 25 percent of the global market for computer and telecom technology.

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Vodafone's general counsel, Helen Lamprell, said there was no evidence that Huawei's equipment posed a security threat. "No contrary evidence has been offered".

It is reported that Huawei has evidence that the United States government is suspected of invading Huawei servers.

Based in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, Huawei is a leading developer of 5G along with rivals Nokia of Finland and Sweden's LM Ericsson. It says it supplies 45 of the world's top 50 phone companies and has contracts with 30 carriers to test 5G wireless technology.

Deputy chairman of Huawei, Guo Ping, told reports that Congress has acted as "judge, jury and executioner" in Huawei's case, claiming that: "This ban not only is unlawful but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming USA consumers".

Huawei Technologies Ltd. announced the legal action on Thursday.

Meng faces a May 8 hearing in Vancouver, where she was arrested while changing planes.

On Monday, Beijing accused the two men of acting together to steal state secrets.

The Canadian government approved extradition proceedings against Meng on March 1.

Moreover, the United States is striving to smash Huawei and influence public opinion.

Some European officials and others cite a Chinese security law requiring companies to cooperate with intelligence agencies they say might oblige Huawei and other tech companies to install "backdoors" in equipment to allow eavesdropping.

Huawei denies altering its equipment to facilitate spying and has set up testing centres in Britain, Canada and continental Europe to allow governments to examine its technology.

He noted Trump has said he is against the ban of Huawei products. The firm has launched a massive public relations offensive over the past two months. Since then, Ren also has talked at length with foreign TV broadcasters.

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