Huawei says security issues could take five years to resolve

Suspicions about Huawei’s integrity and security have been aplenty in the West

Suspicions about Huawei’s integrity and security have been aplenty in the West

Huawei has warned that it could take up to five years to address Britain's concerns about its equipment.

The Chinese firm, which has earmarked $2bn (£1.5bn) for the process, outlined the timetable in a letter to MPs.

Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker, is facing global scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and allegations that Beijing could use its technology for spying, which Huawei denies.

"We are always willing to accept the supervision and suggestions of all European governments, customers and partners".

In an open letter to the Commons Science and Technology Committee, Huawei rejected allegations made by some governments around the world that its equipment represented a threat to national security.

Given that Huawei's primary headquarters is based in the authoritarian state of China, worldwide government bodies fear that the smartphone and networking company could be forced to implement backdoor access in its equipment that would facilitate espionage efforts.

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The German government wants to avoid excluding products offered by China's Huawei Technologies from the build-out of the next generation 5G network in Germany, business daily Handelsblatt reported on Thursday, citing government sources.

"Huawei has never and will never use UK-based hardware, software, or information gathered in the United Kingdom or anywhere else globally, to assist other countries in gathering intelligence". Approved in 2017, the law states that Chinese "organisations and citizens shall, in accordance with the law, support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work".

Ding reportedly added that Huawei "has never and will never" use its equipment for Chinese state espionage.

It's believed Huawei and ZTE aren't specifically named in the executive order, but the companies would obviously fall under the category of Chinese telecom equipment providers. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business". It also recently hit Huawei and its chief financial officer with charges of bank fraud, obstruction of justice and intellectual property theft.

The report from the United Kingdom government's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was published in July a year ago, finding two low-priority national security findings and two advisory issues in its annual evaluation of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC).

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