German authorities probe potential Huawei security risks - Funke
Feb 10 2019
The letter was in response to concerns raised by the HuaweiCyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in its annual report, a body that includes Huawei, UK operators and UK Government officials.
The Chinese telecoms company, which is facing scrutiny over its technology as countries introduce new 5G networks, has acknowledged to MPs on the Commons' science and technology committee that its software engineering has "room for improvement".
"There are no compelling reasons that I can see to do business with the Chinese, so long as they have the structure in place to reach in and manipulate or spy on their customers", Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Trump's envoy in Brussels, said Thursday in an interview.
The company also denied previous claims it could be compelled to assist Chinese national intelligence work using information gathered from the UK.
Senior European officials have echoed Sondland's concerns.
The warnings seem to have gained some ground in Europe, where it was noted that the Chinese National Intelligence Law of 2017 requiring all firms and individuals at home and overseas to cooperate with the state intelligence agencies.
With the development of the new 5G networks underway, some countries have banned Huawei from competing in providing equipment.
Thailand's cooperation with Huawei on the test bed does not mean it is not concerned about security issues, minister of digital economy Pichet Durongkaveroj told Reuters at the launch.
US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order next week that would ban Chinese telecommunication equipment from US wireless networks, the Politico website reported citing sources.
The company said at the time that it would keep Huawei as an "important equipment provider outside the core network", using its equipment in areas that are considered "benign", such as masts or towers.
The issue with shunning Huawei's equipment is that it's relatively cheap, so mobile carriers would probably find their 5G buildouts getting more expensive.
The move also intends to rebuild confidence & demonstrate that the company's equipment doesn't contain any spyware.
The supervisory panel also said that "technical issues" had been identified in Huawei's engineering processes, leading to "new risks in the United Kingdom telecommunications networks".