Un­der Fire Huawei Agrees to UK Se­cu­rity De­mands: Re­port

Co ac­cepts a range of tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments to ease se­cu­rity fears

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Lon­don: Em­bat­tled Chi­nese tele­com gi­ant Huawei has agreed to British in­tel­li­gence de­mands over its equip­ment and soft­ware as it seeks to be part of the coun­try’s 5G net­work plans, the FT re­ported on Fri­day.

Huawei ex­ec­u­tives met se­nior of­fi­cials from Bri­tain’s Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre (NCSC), where they ac­cepted a range of tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments to ease se­cu­rity fears, ac­cord­ing to the FT’s sources. The NCSC said in a state­ment that it was “com­mit­ted to the se­cu­rity of UK net­works, and we have a reg­u­lar di­a­logue with Huawei about the cri­te­ria ex­pected of their prod­ucts. “The NCSC has con­cerns around a range of tech­ni­cal is­sues and has set out im­prove­ments the com­pany must make,” it said.

The Chi­nese tele­com gear maker has come un­der scru­tiny over the last few weeks, with one of its ex­ec­u­tives ar­rested in Canada last Fri­day on a US ex­tra­di­tion re­quest, rais­ing fears of an es­ca­la­tion in the trade war be­tween China and the US.

Bei­jing called the ar­rest of chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Meng Wanzhou a “de­spi­ca­ble rogue’s ap­proach” and part of a cam­paign to stymie China’s high-tech am­bi­tions.

Over the sum­mer, Aus­tralia barred Huawei from pro­vid­ing 5G tech­nol­ogy for wire­less net­works over es­pi­onage fears.

New Zealand fol­lowed suit in Novem­ber but said the is­sue was a tech­no­log­i­cal one.

Bri­tain’s largest mo­bile provider has also joined the global ban. On Wed­nes­day, BT an­nounced it was re­mov­ing Huawei’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment from its 4G cel­lu­lar net­work, fol­low­ing a warn­ing from the head of the MI6 for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vice that sin­gled out the Chi­nese com­pany as a po­ten­tial se­cu­rity risk.

BT re­cently an­nounced it was re­mov­ing Huawei’s equip­ment from its 4G cel­lu­lar net­work

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