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Google CEO Sundar Questioned About Company’s Relationship With Huawei

US lawmakers ask Google to explain the relationship with Huawei

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Google has to give a formal answer by 30th August to the senators. Pixabay

Three US senators have written to the Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding answers about the company’s relationship with China’s Huawei.

The letter sent on Wednesday, follows reports that Google and Huawei were collaborating on a smart speaker and are “even closer than previously understood.”

“These devices can enable untrustworthy companies to listen in on Americans’ conversations. Your attempts three weeks ago to downplay your involvement in China, plus new revelations about your close relationship with Huawei, raise serious questions,” the Senators wrote, expressing concern that smart speakers double as listening devices.

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US senators questioned Sundar Pichai about Google and Huawei’s relationship. IANS

“It is hard to interpret your decision to help Huawei place listening devices into millions of American homes as anything other than putting profits before country,” said the letter.

According to a report in The Information last month, Google and Huawei were collaborating on a new product.

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But the two companies reportedly suspended the project after the Donald Trump administration in the US placed trade restrictions on Huawei in May.

“The reports about this project state that you “suspended” the project because Huawei was placed on a trade blacklist. Do you plan to resume helping Huawei install listening devices into American homes if the blacklist is lifted?” the Senators asked.

The Senators asked Pichai to answer the questions by August 30. (IANS)

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Telenor to Continue Work With Huawei for 5G Telecom Network

The company must modernise Norway's entire network in four or five years, including an upgrade to 5G

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Telenor has been working with Huawei for 10 years. Currently, the Telenor Group is testing 5G in 10 locations in Norway as well as selected areas in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia. Wikimedia Commons

Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor has said it would continue working with Chinese company Huawei for its fifth-generation (5G) telecom network, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson as its new supplier.

Telenor’s top management told a press conference that the company’s network is to modernise in the next four or five years, and Huawei will be involved the entire process.

Sigve Brekke, chairman and CEO of Telenor Group, said during the press conference that “we have been very pleased with the cooperation with Huawei”, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

“In order to ensure that our customers in the transition phase continue to receive a world-class mobile network, Telenor will use equipment from current supplier, Huawei, in the radio network to maintain the 4G network as well as to upgrade 5G coverage in certain locations in Norway,” said Anders Krokan, communications director of Telenor Norway.

Telenor announced Ericsson as its new 5G supplier. The reason for the cooperation with both Huawei and Ericsson is a growing customer appetite for data capacity, according to online newspaper E24.

The company must modernise Norway’s entire network in four or five years, including an upgrade to 5G, said the newspaper.

During the press conference, Telenor management was asked to confirm if they will install Huawei 5G equipment in the Norwegian network.

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Norway’s largest mobile operator Telenor has said it would continue working with Chinese company Huawei for its fifth-generation (5G) telecom network, while adding Sweden’s Ericsson as its new supplier. Wikimedia Commons

“To meet customer needs, the answer is yes. Given that this process takes four to five years, we need to make sure all our customers have a good experience,” said Petter-Borre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.

“Specifically, we have demanded that suppliers from countries with whom we do not cooperate in security policy cannot account for more than 50 percent of the base stations,” the country’s Digitization Minister Nikolai Astrup told E24.

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“If companies choose suppliers from countries we do not have security policy cooperation with, the requirement was that two or more suppliers had to be selected,” he noted.

Telenor has been working with Huawei for 10 years. Currently, the Telenor Group is testing 5G in 10 locations in Norway as well as selected areas in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia. (IANS)