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Huawei Letter To UK Lawmakers Says It Needs 3-5 Years To Resolve Security Fears: Reuters


02/06/2019




Huawei Letter To UK Lawmakers Says It Needs 3-5 Years To Resolve Security Fears: Reuters
A report published by the news agency Reuters claims that Chinese tech company Huawei would require anywhere between three and five years to address the security issues raised in a British government report last year in a program that is reported to cost the company about $2 billion. The report cited a company letter to British lawmakers.
 
The largest manufacturer of telecoms equipment in the world has faced severe scrutiny from regulators and governments and even private companies in the West over the alleged relationship that the company has with the Chinese government and the US has openly alleged that the equipment supplied by Huawei can be used for spying on western countries by Chinese agencies.
 
However despite the allegations, there has been no evidence presented in public against the company and Huawei has repeatedly denied all of the allegations. The scrutiny and concerns have however resulted in the restriction of access to a number of western markets for Huawei.
 
In the UK too, which is one of the critical markets for the Chinese company, Huawei has been under pressure following the publication of a report by the government there in July last year in which a number of technical and supply-chain issues related to the equipment supplied by Huawei were raised with concerns being expressed that new security risks were posed to UK’s national telecom networks by with the company’s equipment.
 
Ever since the publication of the report, the Chinese tech giant had pledged to resolve the issues raised in the report at accost of about $2 billion. However the letter that Reuters claims to have seen, and addressed to UK lawmakers, the president of the company’s carrier business group Ryan Ding, said the outcome of the efforts can only be seen after between three and five years.
 
“Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion,” he said in a letter to the chairman of the British parliament’s science and technology committee.
 
“It is a complicated and involved process, and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results. We hope the UK government can understand this.”
 
A Huawei spokesman said: “We cannot add to what is outlined in the letter, where we have explained our position in full to the House of Commons Committee; and we are continuing to work closely with the authorities in the UK.”
 
There were no comments available from a spokesman for the parliament science and technology committee, reported Reuters.
 
It was in “regular dialogue with Huawei about the standards expected of their products”, said Britain’s National Cyber Security Council (NCSC), which published the report last July. “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.
 
(Source:www.reuters.com)






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