The part of the report that doesn’t jive with me the most is that the investigation revealed no smoking gun and doesn’t necessarily prove the allegations. It cites “significant gaps” in the information available on current operations and the history of the company.
If you want to take a radical view of the report, it almost insinuates that ZTE and Huawei were founded and built a beachhead of business with the sole purpose of allowing the Chinese government to spy on the U.S.
Frankly, I think that this notion is very far fetched, bordering on ridiculous. If someone wants to claim that there is better technology, that’s fine, but let that be fought out in the labs. Let POs decide instead of PR. Also, if there are concerns about a secret back door, then turn the equipment over to a government agency or a collection of the best engineers from the network operators to test the infrastructure.
Also, if we extrapolate this, where would it stop? Should Cisco, Juniper or anyone else ever refrain from using Chinese components? Cisco has hundreds of “network academies” that train thousands of network engineers in China every year. Should Cisco start ignoring these Chinese employees, if we’re to believe the Chinese government might have secretly trained them?