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Huawei Files Motion Challenging US Security Law

On May 15, US President Donald Trump effectively banned Huawei with a national security order

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

Worlds largest telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei on Wednesday filed a motion in a US court challenging the constitutionality of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA).

The company asked for a summary judgment on whether it was constitutional for the US government to implement military spending provisions that barred government contractors from buying Huawei products.

The Chinese tech giant also asked for an end to US’ state-sanctioned campaign against it arguing that it would “not deliver cybersecurity”. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for September 19.

In its complaint, Huawei argued that Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA singled it out and barred US government agencies from not only buying its equipment and services, but also from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services — even when there was no impact or connection to the US government.

“Banning Huawei using cybersecurity as an excuse ‘will do nothing to make networks more secure’. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer, said in a statement.

“Politicians in the US are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company. This is not normal. Almost never seen in history. The US government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song noted.

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FILE – A man uses two smartphones at once outside a Huawei store in Beijing, May 20, 2019. VOA

Addressing the addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” by the US Commerce Department two weeks ago, Song said: “This sets a dangerous precedent. Today it’s telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers.”

The Chinese telecom giant said it had confidence in the independence and integrity of the US judicial system and that the mistakes in the NDAA could be corrected by the court.

According to Glen Nager, Huawei’s lead counsel for the case, Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA violates the Bill of Attainder, Due Process, and Vesting Clauses of the United States Constitution.

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Thus the case is purely “a matter of law” as there are no facts at issue, thereby justifying the motion for a summary judgement to speed up the process.

On May 15, US President Donald Trump effectively banned Huawei with a national security order.

The US publicly asked its allies to steer clear of using Huawei products over concerns that the equipment could be used by the Chinese government to obtain private information. (IANS)

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Huawei Unveils its 5G Training Centre in UK: Report

Before Friday’s official unveiling of the training centre, it has been on a trial run for the past few months, with some engineers already being trained in the facility

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FILE - A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China, Sept. 28, 2018. VOA

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei unveiled its 5G Birmingham training centre here to ensure that relevant 5G training is in place to meet current and future information and communications technology (ICT) needs in Britain.

The new centre has the capacity to train 20 people at a time, with courses being tailored to meet training requirements.

A typical course will last five days and will cover an introduction to 5G technology, principles of modern network engineering and hands-on practical installation of 5G network equipment, according to Huawei, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Once fully operational, the objective is for the centre to train upwards of 1,000 network engineers per year on the latest 5G technology, the company said.

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FILE – A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

In the UK, “there’s no shortage of political will to deliver 5G, there’s no shortage of commercial wish for it. There are some particular specific problems like a shortage of engineers, which we do need to address,”, said Sir Andrew Cahn, non-executive director of Huawei UK.

“That’s an issue mainly of government policy, making sure that we have the right people coming out of universities and colleges, but it’s also for companies to deal with and that’s what Huawei is doing while Huawei is recognising that there are particular skills needed and so we’re going to provide a training centre to upscale engineers in 5G,” said Cahn.

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Before Friday’s official unveiling of the training centre, it has been on a trial run for the past few months, with some engineers already being trained in the facility.

Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council leader, said: “5G talent and knowledge are essential for further growth and Huawei’s 5G training centre has already produced 157 5G-ready engineers since the first graduations took place in June this year.” (IANS)