Trump Expected to Ban Chinese Telecom Equipment From US Networks

Mae Love
February 8, 2019

A Huawei sign is pictured at a shop in Beijing, China January 29, 2019. Since the two countries have exchanged several rounds of trade tariffs.

Last year's United Kingdom government report was written by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which was set up in 2010 in response to concerns that BT and others' use of the firm's equipment could pose a threat.

In a letter to Norman Lamb MP, chair of the science and technology committee, Ryan Ding, an executive from the controversial Chinese technology company, pledged to spend £1.5 billion over five years to address security issues flagged last year.

"It is a complicated and involved process, and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results".

Previous year a United Kingdom government report highlighted some areas of concern. He also reiterated that the company's products have never harmed national security of any country in the world.

"As was made clear in July's (report), the NCSC has concerns around a range of technical issues and has set out improvements the company must make", a spokeswoman said in a statement.

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It comes amid growing worldwide concerns over Huawei, after the US, Australia and other western governments effectively barred the company from participating in the roll-out of next generation 5G telecom equipment. He urged European countries to pick Finnish and other Scandinavian companies for their 5G contracts, citing a Chinese law that allegedly compels any private company in the country to cooperate with the government "on any intelligence matters in secret and without refusal".

Huawei has been under great scrutiny in recent times, but remember that ZTE was also heavily put under the microscope not long before.

It's believed Huawei and ZTE aren't specifically named in the executive order, but the companies would obviously fall under the category of Chinese telecom equipment providers. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business", continues Ding.

British authorities stress they have never found any evidence of Chinese state espionage in reviews of Huawei equipment at a special company laboratory overseen by intelligence and industry officials.

A spokesman from the National Security Council advised that the U.S.is "working across government and with our allies and like-minded partners to mitigate risk in the deployment of 5G and other communications infrastructure".

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