Huawei plan to repair the British security fears in H1 this year: executive

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei presents a plan to the address of the British security concerns about the equipment at the end of the first half of this year, a senior company executive said on Thursday, after criticism of the Chinese company has not moved fast enough to fix the issues.

FILE PHOTO: Ryan Ding, head of Huawei’s carrier business group, has a Tiangang 5G base station chipset during a presentation in Beijing, China, 24 January 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Photo File

British intelligence officials said on Wednesday they had still not seen a “credible” plan by Huawei to resolve issues in a critical report from the government last year, which found that the technical and supply-chain problems with the company’s equipment had exposed national telecom networks to new security risks.

Huawei previously said that the problems will take 3-5 years to resolve and Ryan Ding, head of Huawei’s carrier business group, told reporters on Thursday a “broad and comprehensive” plan will be approved internally by the end of March.

“In Q2 we will start a dialogue with our stakeholders, including uk stakeholders, over a such a plan and hopefully by the end of the first half of this year we will complete the high level design of (a) plan,” he said, speaking through a translator.

Great britain has emerged as a major battleground for Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment, in its attempts to resist the US calls allies closed the equipment over fears that it could be used by Beijing for spying.

No evidence for such claims is produced in the public and Huawei has repeatedly denied, but the allegations of espionage have led several Western countries to limit the company’s access to their markets.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States, which is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group, alongside great Britain, would not be able to share information with countries that decide to use Huawei equipment because of the security implications.


Ding said Huawei was committed to the achievement of “reliability” in eight areas, including software and hardware engineering, management of third-party components and the company culture. Huawei will also spend more than the $2 billion that were originally intended worldwide for the effort, he said.

Huawei’s spending pledge, announced in December, followed by a series of tense meetings with officials in great Britain, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which has problems with security in the government report in July last year.

A new British report is expected in the coming weeks. People with knowledge of the matter said it will probably be a further criticism of Huawei’s seen slow response to British concerns.

Thing said that he believed that the insurance by the NCSC – in the framework of the british intelligence agency GCHQ – that its findings are not politically influenced.

Asked whether he was afraid that the political pressure would prevent that Huawei is used in great Britain is the next-generation 5G networks, Thing said that it is for operators to decide which equipment suppliers they used, but with the exception of Huawei would be like the block of top-flight teams in English football.

“I believe that the 5G market without Huawei is just like the English Premier League without Manchester United,” he said.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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