Huawei will need 5 years and $2b to resolve United Kingdom security concerns

Irving Hamilton
February 8, 2019

Huawei has warned MPs it could take up to five years to resolve issues in its devices raised by United Kingdom security officials last year.

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.

Relations between the United States and China worsened amid a current trade war between the countries since Trump announced last June that $50 billion worth of Chinese goods would be subject to 25 percent tariffs in a bid to fix the US-Chinese trade deficit.

'Modern communications networks are complex systems that keep evolving in new and innovative ways.

'It is a complicated and involved process and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, 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.

Following allegations made by the U.S. government, officials from around the world have been omitting Huawei from network infrastructures in fear of surveillance. We choose to ensure security.

It comes after concerns were raised past year in the annual report...

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The group had warned that Huawei's software had "shortcomings" that meant it could not rule out potential security risks to the networks of British phone companies and other critical infrastructure.

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.

The new legislation was a last-minute addition by the government to a wide-ranging corporate law and would have required telecom operators to seek formal approval for the use of certain kinds of equipment considered to be particularly sensitive for spying or sabotage risks.

The company has suffered a number of setbacks in recent months because of apparent concerns over its security.

U.S. justice officials last month unveiled sweeping charges against Huawei, including against a top executive whose arrest in Canada on a USA warrant ratcheted up tensions between the two superpowers.

The US Justice Department has charged Huawei with conspiring to violate US sanctions on Iran and with stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile.

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