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Starks rips into Huawei, stating that a ‘rip and replace’ equipment program could cost $1 billion

September 18, 2019


In an address to attendees of the Competitive Carriers Association’s convention in Providence, Rhode Island yesterday, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said he’s focused on communications network security and slammed Chinese manufacturer Huawei, stating they pose a national security risk.

His message was of great interest to the regional operators in the audience, many of them who have the suspect gear in their networks.

Starks said that that the equipment made by Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers presents serious security vulnerabilities. He singled out Huawei’s software that does not have the same consistency from installation to installation as its competitors.

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