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Sprint and Softbank Tell U.S. Gov They'll Avoid Chinese Gear

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Mar 29, 2013, 7:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint and Softbank have agreed to unofficial terms requested by the U.S. government with respect to purchasing telecommunications and wireless networking equipment from Chinese vendors such as Huawei and ZTE. Softbank is in the process of acquiring a 70% stake in Sprint, and the agreement is meant to help ease the transaction though the approval process. Government regulators cannot mandate that Sprint and Softbank avoid equipment made by Chinese companies, but lawmakers wanted to make sure they had an ear to the ground when Sprint is purchasing gear. "I have met with SoftBank and Sprint regarding this merger and was assured they would not integrate Huawei in to the Sprint network and would take mitigation efforts to replace Huawei equipment in the Clearwire network," said Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The U.S. government is concerned that equipment made by Huawei and ZTE could be used by the Chinese government to spy on the U.S. Huawei flatly denies that its products pose any sort of security risk.

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Mar 29, 2013, 1:26 PM

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Yeah... That tells you they plan on avoiding Chinese companies. They already released 3 phones from ZTE
Not just that... They really, REALLY think the CHINESE are spying on the US? If this was the 1980s, then maybe, just maybe, but these days? China NEEDS the US! Who else are they going to get all their money back from? Who out there is going to buy ...
I think this is about all hardware EXCEPT phones.
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