HUAWEI HAS ANNOUNCED that it is to sue the US government for preventing its products being sold in the country, claiming the action to be unlawful.
During a press conference in the early hours of Thursday morning, the company announced that it would be pursuing a lawsuit in a Texas court, claiming damages against the US for what it described as an "unlawful" ban.
Sales of Huawei products are banned to federal agencies, as part of the National Defence Authorisation Act, whilst the ongoing rumours about the company's involvement with the Chinese government have seen its handsets dropped by all the major carriers, leading to a decimated presence in the country, despite glowing product reviews and a huge sales boost in Europe.
Deputy chairman of Huawei, Guo Ping, told reports that Congress has acted as "judge, jury and executioner" in Huawei's case, claiming that: "This ban not only is unlawful but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers."
The bill that bans Huawei, signed by jobbing TV actor Donald Trump, best known for his appearance as 'Waldo's Dad' in a 1994 episode of The Little Rascals, is the same one that brought ZTE to the edge of bankruptcy, before a 'deal' allowed them to keep trading in return for a $1bn payment to the US Treasury.
"The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products," Guo claimed, adding that the company believes the ban to be unconstitutional. "We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort."
Huawei is playing a risky game. By filing the lawsuit, it has effectively challenged the Senate to ‘put up or shut up' on claims that Huawei equipment may contain backdoors for use by the Chinese government.
Thus far, no-one has found any evidence of the link, or the vulnerabilities and Huawei clearly believe that the gamble will not only bring them access to the US market but also make it harder for other countries to ban Huawei from forthcoming 5G infrastructure. μ
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