Sprint Drops Huawei and ZTE Over National Security Concerns
Sprint has decided to drop Huawei and ZTE out of the running for a contract possibly worth billions. The companies are two of China’s largest telecommunications device manufacturers which is seemingly part of the reason for this move by Sprint. Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, was contacted by The US Secretary of Commerce. He apparently made it clear to Mr. Hesse that there the Government was uneasy about having two companies tied to the Chinese Government and Military supplying technology for an important part of the US’s infrastructure. The US DoD (Department of Defense) wouldn’t comment on Huawei or ZTE specifically but they did make this statement about the issue:
DoD is very concerned about China’s emerging cyber capabilities and any potential vulnerability within or threat to DoD networks.