Trump Tipped to Ban Chinese Equipment from U.S. Mobile Networks

Roman Schwartz
February 9, 2019

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 process and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results.

Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker, is facing global scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and allegations that Beijing could use its technology for spying, which Huawei denies.

Ding reportedly added that Huawei "has never and will never" use its equipment for Chinese state espionage.

The letter was a response to concerns raised by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, a body including Huawei, UK operators and Government officials.

The HCSEC, located in Oxfordshire, was launched in November 2010 to help mitigate any potential risks from using Huawei technology in the UK's critical national infrastructure.

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Merkel has said Germany needs guarantees that Huawei would not hand data to the Chinese state before it can take part in building fifth-generation networks that would link everything from vehicles to factories at far greater speeds.

The oversight board additionally pointed out medium-term concerns for incoming technologies, including software-defined networking, network virtualisation, edge computing, and 5G.

While they continue to work toward a final decision, the ministers concluded that singling out Huawei from a list of suppliers was not legally viable, the official said Thursday on condition of anonymity in accordance with government protocol.

Trump reportedly wants to protect USA 5G networks from state-sponsored Chinese spying.

Huawei is expected to deliver a speech at its Chinese New Year reception in Brussels and Reuters was able to get a copy of the speech which will be delivered by Abraham Liu, its chief representative to European Institutions and the president of its European Public Affairs and Communication Office.

"We are ready to establish a cyber security centre in Poland if authorities accept this as a trusted solution", Huawei's Poland boss, Tonny Bao, told reporters. Another Huawei employee was recently arrested in Poland for alleged spying.

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