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T-Mobile USA Files Suit, Alleges Chinese Telecom Stole Phone-Testing Robot Technology

T-Mobile USA has filed a suit in a US District Court alleging that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in 2012 and 2013  stole designs and parts from T-Mobile’s Tappy cellular-phone testing robot so that it could replicate the system.  The robot—kept in the company’s Bellevue, Washington, labs—simulates a human finger pushing buttons and tests how well devices perform under repeated, heavy use. T-Mobile says it was the first company to use a robot for testing. At the time Huawei allegedly stole information about Tappy, the Chinese company was providing devices for T-Mobile. Huawei officials, according to the technology news service Geek Wire, say they created their own xDeviceRobot for testing with T-Mobile’s knowledge. They contend that the information that T-Mobile says they stole were not used in the Huawei robot. T-Mobile did not specify the damages it hopes to recover. (GeekWire)(The Seattle Times)

Huawei Announces Massive Marketing Push

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese-based smartphone manufacturer and the third largest in the worldwide market, announced plans to spend $300 million on global marketing in 2014 to improve its brand image. The company is attempting to move into the market for mid-range and premium smartphones. To increase sales, the company has been attempting to expand into the Americas, but has been derailed by US-China politics. (Reuters)(CNET)

Global Smartphone Shipments Surpass 1 Billion Units

New data shows that worldwide smartphone shipments passed 1 billion units for the first time in 2013, according to market-research firm IDC. Sales increased to just over 1 billion units, rising 38.4 percent from 2012and representing 55.1 percent of all mobile-phone shipments. Samsung Electronics continues to lead the smartphone market with 31.3 percent of all shipments, while second-place Apple’s share eroded from 18.7 percent to 15.3 percent, noted IDC. The next three biggest vendors were Huawei Technologies Co., LG Electronics, and the Lenovo Group, each with a bit less than 5 percent of the market. (Reuters)(ZD Net)(IDC)

Huawei Operations in UK Prompt Increased Government Oversight

British national security adviser Kim Darroch is issuing a report saying the nation’s officials should have the last word on any business deals that involve critical national infrastructure. This comes well after the 2005 deal between two telecommunications firms—the UK’s BT Group and China’s Huawei Technologies—without any ministerial oversight. Huawei provides equipment for the nation’s 21st Century infrastructure upgrade (21CN), which allowed it to “become embedded” in the nation’s critical infrastructure without any critical review. Among the concerns are possible state-sponsored espionage or cyberattacks. In addition, the US has expressed similar concern about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government, going so far as to block it from providing hardware to telecommunications firms.  Darroch has also recommended additional government scrutiny at Huawei’s facility in Banbury, UK. The company opened the center in 2010 to test its new hardware and software for vulnerabilities before they were added to the UK’s critical infrastructure. (Reuters)(Fortune)(The Wall Street Journal)(Financial Times)

UK Government Investigating Huawei

United Kingdom government officials announced plans to investigate security at a cybersecurity center located in southern England operated by China’s Huawei. The investigation is reportedly being conducted to ensure the nation’s telecommunications networks remain secure. There are concerns about the company’s access to the nation’s communications infrastructure and whether it has ties to the Chinese government or military. Allegations have been made that the firm inserts backdoors in its equipment to allow the Chinese government to conduct espionage. United States businesses have already been advised by US House of Representatives members not to buy equipment from the company following testimony by the firm they deemed “unconvincing”. The security center, staffed by UK nationals, was opened in 2010 to test both telecommunications hardware and software for security risks before they were used in Britain’s critical infrastructure. Huawei, the world’s second largest telecommunications firm, issued a statement supporting the investigation, which is also determining whether the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) should have a greater role in managing the center. (ZDNet)(Reuters)

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