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Topic # 110466 9-Oct-2012 18:48 Send private message

Does anyone know what exactly huawei are providing under the UFB, so far all I've heard about is ducting, and to think that that's any kind of security concern is ridiculous  because it's plastic, what're they going to do, hack into the plastic ducting from their computers in Beijing? I don't think so.













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  Reply # 698641 9-Oct-2012 18:55 Send private message

Who's manufacturing the ONT and OLT and core network switching?

Are ISPs using encrypted PPPoE sessions?

Given the number of homes passed so far... should I be more concerned about the mobile networks that use their gear?

Given the current issues with GCSB and Mr Dotcom, should I be more worried about our own government spying on me than one in China?





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  Reply # 698660 9-Oct-2012 19:43 Send private message

I note some  US rural wireless carriers don't have a problem using Huawei products. Watch the video.







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  Reply # 698674 9-Oct-2012 20:03 Send private message


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  Reply # 698683 9-Oct-2012 20:10 Send private message

quote : Huawei will supply Ultrafast  Ltd (UFL) with intelligent Layer 1 Optical Distribution Network (iODN) and proven Open Access Layer 2 network solutions.  
  
The access network will use leading edge access technologies including Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) across Huawei SmartAx MA5600T Optical Line Termination and Gigabit Point to Point Ethernet using Huawei Quidway S9300 Terabit routing Metro Ethernet platforms at central offices. 
  
Ultrafast Broadband Ltd’s access network will be aggregated by CX600 400G Enhanced Metro Ethernet switching system and managed end to end with Huawei unified Network Management System. end quote

Lifted from a press release on the WEL Networks site.
WEL Networks is the private partner in Ultrafast Fibre Ltd. 
Ultrafast Fibre Ltd is the local fibre company with the contract to build six towns & cities in the North Island.

http://www.wel.co.nz/news.asp?pageID=2145841546&RefID=2141741150

quote : Christchurch UFB winner Enable Networks (owned by the council) said this morning it had chosen the company [Huawei] to provide fibre, ducting and layer 2 electronics. end quote

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/huawei-lands-second-big-crown-fibre-deal-ck-109144

So, it appears to be public knowledge that Huawei is providing most if not all of the layer 2 network infrastructure for both Ultrafast Fibre Ltd and Enable Networks, comprising nearly 30% of the UFB rollout.

I am familiar with some of the rigorous testing and certification required of Huawei as part of one of these contracts, but as this was gained during my employment at an LFC I cannot share that in a public forum.

Judging by this press release courtesy of Huawei themselves, it appears that they are responsible for a reasonable portion of the 2 degrees network.
http://www.huawei.co.nz/nz/assets/downloads/2degrees%20case%20study.pdf

And it seems they are doing business with Vodafone as well :
quote : In 2007, it [Huawei] won the tender for Vodafone’s fixed line broadband network end quote
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/huawei-execs-fly-in-from-from-china-to-check-out-nz-opportunities

So now that we have the facts on the table, let's lurch into some opinion.

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  Reply # 698687 9-Oct-2012 20:13

What isnt made in China - or has components made in China?
What doesnt have a computer OS that doesnt have the possibility of being hacked?

There is caution and then there is paranoia - I will put my tinfoil hat on now!




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  Reply # 698696 9-Oct-2012 20:29 Send private message

robjg63: What isnt made in China - or has components made in China?
What doesnt have a computer OS that doesnt have the possibility of being hacked?

There is caution and then there is paranoia - I will put my tinfoil hat on now!


I agree.

I'm way more concerned about the electronics in my car than someone from govt.china reading my private GZ posts.






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  Reply # 698705 9-Oct-2012 20:37 Send private message

Huawei is also used extensively by European mobile operators.







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  Reply # 698713 9-Oct-2012 21:02 Send private message

While I am not a spy nor even very up to speed with this tech, I don't quite understand how they could actually pass layer2 data back to China? Even if it did collect it how would it be uplifted?





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  Reply # 698718 9-Oct-2012 21:09 Send private message

Apparently Huawei use is ok in countries like the UK and Canada., and many others.
In the States they're fighting imports from China and wanting to keep/increase jobs, and of course they've no legal input or control over the Huawei firmware. Australia is their best friend, when it comes to security issues.

Who's to say if you bought this kit off another supplier it wouldn't be any less of a security risk?

We're really just arguing over who might be spying on the UFB rollout, the eh-hem 'good-guys' or the 'bad-guys'.

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  Reply # 698724 9-Oct-2012 21:14 Send private message

If Huawei acting as the operator of any of the networks listed in my earlier post (as opposed to just an equipment vendor), then they would likely have access to the management of the layer 2 equipment. From here they could possibly mirror data to another port or collect it in some other fashion (remember there is usually a requirement for most telco networks in NZ to have this capability in order to honour their lawful intercept obligations).
Once the data has been mirrored, siphoned or collected it can then be shipped "back home" for further analysis.

To be quite clear, I am describing a hypothetical example of what might happen. I am not for a moment suggesting that I have any evidence, suspicion or even a clue that this activity is occurring on any network in NZ.

I have operated layer 2 networks previously where if I chose to I could have easily siphoned off customer data. And I could have done so with no requirement for co-operation from the equipment vendor. But to be quite honest, I've got better things to do with my time.

Getting back to the thread, if Huawei was strictly an equipment vendor and not involved in network operation then it would be significantly more difficult for data collection to occur. This would likely require covert action during the design and manufacture process, obviously much more difficult to accomplish than a dishonest network operator collecting data.

To summarise, if you're considering risks to your data, then I would consider the network operator to be the greater vulnerability than the network equipment vendor. And if you really do have secrets you want kept secret, you're encrypting it anyway aren't you ?




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  Reply # 700737 13-Oct-2012 19:06 Send private message

I do wish the Americans fronted with the evidence.







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  Reply # 700739 13-Oct-2012 19:12 Send private message

Let me check my network:

Switches: Made In China
Routers: Made in China
HFC Modem: Made in China
Laptop: Made in China
Mac: Made in China
Dell HTPC: Made in China

Sure, they make the big iron. What about everything else?

It's seriously just market protection. Perhaps one of the American infrastructure manufacturers is losing some contracts or bids...

Oh, and AJW, please use the BBCodes. It's a lot better to see the videos on the page.





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Reply # 700800 13-Oct-2012 23:12 Send private message

freitasm:

Switches: Made In China
Routers: Made in China
HFC Modem: Made in China
Laptop: Made in China
Mac: Made in China
Dell HTPC: Made in China



when i was in beijing, i bought a beer.  turned over the glass after i finished it and it read:

"Hecho en México"

so not everything is made in china :P




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  Reply # 700803 13-Oct-2012 23:14 Send private message

Probably safer to drink Mexican beer made with Mexican water than Chinese beer with their water. The polution in some places there is just incredible ;)





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  Reply # 700932 14-Oct-2012 12:13 Send private message

I am yet to see any evidence - theoretical or otherwise - that Huawei could even accomplish espionage with the equipment they supply and the networks they build.

Until I see that then I'll write this off as protectionism by the USA.

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