Huawei's three-pronged security plan

Caroline Gabriel/Rethink Wireless
16/09/2010
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Chinese vendor Huawei, which risks losing out of major contracts because of concerns from US and Indian security agencies, has outlined a three-pronged security plan which could help it win US business.

While the Shenzhen-based firm denies allegations of close ties to the PLA, it has also been seeking to address fears to pave the way for contracts and even acquisitions, especially in the US.

The company is thought to be in the running for a major deal with Sprint Nextel for multimode infrastructure.

A group of Republican senators had raised concerns that such a deal would compromise national security and Huawei was clearly speaking to their fears, even as its VP of global marketing, Kevin Zhang, officially dealt with a generic security framework.

He said security was a growing concern for cellcos as they migrated to all-IP networks, and that Huawei's framework would be the first of a kind of framework that all vendors might have to adopt in future, to win business outside their native bases.

The plan includes the establishment of a national security committee in the US, the UK and France. In the US, this will be headed by Matt Bross, Huawei's CTO, who lives in the country.

The UK and French versions were less detailed, but are no doubt geared to possible expanded business with majors like Vodafone (to whom Huawei is already a framework supplier) and Orange.

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