Trump tipped to ban Chinese telecom equipment ahead of MWC

Andrew Cummings
February 9, 2019

A $2 billion effort by China's Huawei to address security issues raised in a British government report last year will take between three and five years to produce results, according to a company letter to British lawmakers seen by Reuters.

'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.

Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion, ' Huawei's carrier business group president, Ryan Ding, said in the letter.

"Modern communications networks are complex systems that keep evolving in new and innovative ways", he wrote, adding that the fix process was like "replacing components on a high-speed train in motion".

The Chinese telecoms firm has already pledged to spend $2bn (£1.5bn) addressing the security concerns outlined in the National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) annual report.

The US considers the matter urgent as European Union countries prepare to roll out 5G networks that will deliver near-instantaneous connectivity, vast data capacity and futuristic technologies to Europeans. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business".

July's report identified what it called technical problems which limited security researchers' ability to check internal product codes and concerns about the security of third-party components from a USA supplier.

The government now has no own information on whether the Chinese company could be a security threat, Altmaier was quoted as saying, adding that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) had been activated. We choose to ensure security'.

Several other countries, under the pressure of the United States, have banned Huawei's 5G equipment.

The United States wants to steer people away from Huawei towards Western products because of its concerns over the security of the Chinese company's technology, the USA envoy to the European Union said last week.

The company has suffered a number of setbacks in recent months because of apparent concerns over its security. Last month, the US Department of Justice charged the Chinese company with trying to steal a robot design from T-Mobile and attempting to sidestep US sanctions on Iran.

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