Published: Sun, February 24, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Huawei plan to fix British security fears due in H1 - company

Huawei plan to fix British security fears due in H1 - company

Huawei faces bans in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the US over fears the Chinese government could use its systems to spy on other countries.

No evidence for such claims has been produced publicly and Huawei has repeatedly denied them, but the espionage allegations have led several Western countries to restrict the company's access to their markets.

Huawei's Ryan Ding, head of the company's carrier business group, told reporters from Reuters yesterday: "In Q2 we will talk to all our stakeholders, including United Kingdom stakeholders, about such a plan and hopefully by the end of the first half of this year we will complete the high level design of such (a) plan".

No decision has been taken by security officials on whether to recommend to the United Kingdom government it should ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co, according to the country's cyber security chief.

The GCSB turned down Spark's proposed use of Huawei equipment in its new network yesterday because it would raise "significant" security risks.

Ding said he believed assurances by the NCSC - part of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency - that its findings were not politically-influenced.

The White House did not return a request for comment and the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.

Britain has not yet made any decision on its security policy for national 5G networks, the head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre said on Wednesday, amid a furor over the alleged risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment.

A group of lawmakers from Italy's ruling coalition is pushing the government to ban China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for the country's rollout of 5G mobile communications, Il Messaggero newspaper said on Friday. Huawei will also spend more than the $2 billion originally earmarked globally for the effort, he said.

"These problems are about the standard of cyber security; they are not indicators of hostile activity by China", he said.

Huawei previously said the problems will take 3-5 years to resolve.

"We will monitor and report on progress and we will not declare the problems are on the path to being solved unless and until there is clear evidence that this is the case", he said.

The UK has strict controls on how Huawei's technology is deployed.

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