Softcom policy on Chinese telecom equipment protects customers

There has been a lot of concern recently about telecommunications companies building their networks with gear made by Chinese telecommunications companies – namely, Huawei and ZTE. The concern centers around the Chinese government installing backdoors in the equipment to spy on users of the equipment. The equipment may be inexpensive, but the cost to security has been high, to the point that President Trump is considering signing an executive order to ban Chinese equipment from U.S. telecom networks.

A major concern for the Trump administration is that China is stealing intellectual property from U.S. companies by unfair means. On Dec 17, federal prosecutors of the Department of Justice leveled charges on two Chinese hackers for hacking valuable technologies of U.S. high-tech firms. Soon after that same month, several key politico-economic allies of the United States such as Japan, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand banned Huawei Technology from selling its products in those countries.

Many rural wireless providers have built their systems using equipment from Chinese equipment manufacturers, but that’s not the case here at Softcom. We do not use any equipment manufactured by Chinese telecommunication companies as part of our wireless services. Our network is proudly powered by the following vendors:

  • Cisco (United States)
  • Juniper (United States)
  • Cambium Networks (United States)
  • Telrad Networks (Israel)
  • MikroTik (Latvia)

Using low-cost equipment from vendors with questionable business practices is something we are not willing to do. We are not willing to save a few bucks to potentially put the privacy of our customers at risk.

Here at Softcom, we pride ourselves on using the best equipment possible and make those choices based on safety, security, quality and stability. Everything we do is with a singular focus: to give you, our customer, the best possible high-speed internet experience available without worrying about your online safety and privacy.

Kristy CooperSoftcom policy on Chinese telecom equipment protects customers

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