Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Germany to not exclude Huawei from 5G networks

Germany to not exclude Huawei from 5G networks

In one of the strongest public remarks, a senior representative of Chinese technology giant Huawei on Thursday night rebutted fear-mongering against the company. In it, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei's carrier business group said the process of adapting its software and engineering processes to meet the UK's requirements was "like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion".

The United States froze Huawei out of its network infrastructure past year, claiming that the company was adding backdoor access on behalf of the Chinese government. "By working closely with our European partners, we are creating a better future for all of us".

"Cyber security remains [a] top priority" for Huawei, the world's biggest manufacturer of telecom equipment, he said, while cautioning that the improvements would take time.

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.

The German government does not want to exclude Huawei from building 5G networks, Handelsblatt reports citing sources close to the government.

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Britain's National Cyber Security Council (NCSC), which issued the July report, said it was in "regular dialogue with Huawei about the standards expected of their products". Some experts also see a risk that Chinese intelligence may develop an ability to subvert Huawei's equipment.

The Head of Huawei in Poland, Tonny Bao made the announcement in a recent news conference and stated that the company is ready to set up a cybersecurity center in the nation if the Polish authorities accept this proposal to be a trusted solution.

The law mandates any organisation and citizen to support and assist national intelligence in their investigations and to keep information related to such investigations. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behavior, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business". For us, it is a matter of security or nothing; there is no third option.

The UK government has yet to find evidence of Huawei equipment being used for spying. As POLITICO first reported last August, it was originally paired with a second order formalizing an interagency team that reviews foreign entities' telecom investment requests.

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