The recent U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report, which concludes that Huawei Technologies and ZTE are a security threat, is a case of "Americans being Americans," according to Huawei's VP for Western Europe. (See U.S. vs Huawei/ZTE: The Verdict.)
Speaking to the media in central London following a morning of broadband market discussions and debate, Tim Watkins said the report was "unbalanced. This is the Americans being Americans. The amount of data requested was absurd. We are very disappointed with the outcome, especially after the considerable efforts we went to" in trying to convince the U.S. investigating team that Huawei is an independent company with technology that is safe to deploy. (See Huawei Responds to U.S. Investigation.)
Watkins added that Huawei had been selected by Tier 1 operators in the U.S. but had then been "prevented from doing that business. But the Tier 2 operators are customers. We generated revenues of $1.3 billion in the U.S." in 2011.