German Government Said to Rule Out Huawei Ban in 5G Expansion

Huawei refutes UK gov's spying concerns in open letter to parliament

In one of the strongest public remarks, a senior representative of Chinese technology giant Huawei on Thursday night rebutted fear-mongering against the company.

The letter was in response to concerns raised by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in its annual report, a body that includes Huawei, UK operators and UK Government officials.

Huawei continues to deny allegations, believing its track record across 170 countries supersedes the lack of evidence.

The United States froze Huawei out of its network infrastructure a year ago, claiming that the company was adding backdoor access on behalf of the Chinese government.

Huawei defended itself in a letter to United Kingdom lawmakers made public this week, saying that it would take up to five years to see "tangible results" in upgrading its systems.

A spokesman for the parliament science and technology committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Chancellor Angela 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.

"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.

British Telecom (BT) has begun removing Huawei equipment from its existing 3G and 4G networks and will not use Huawei as it moves toward 5G although the British government has not issued a ban. Some experts also see a risk that Chinese intelligence may develop an ability to subvert Huawei's equipment.

Ltd. (Huawei), a renowned Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment firm, has reportedly proposed to construct a new cybersecurity center in Poland in an effort to demonstrate that the firm is trustworthy. The measures will be finalized before the 5G auction, to be available for bidding companies, the report added. It states that Chinese organisations are obliged to "support, cooperate with, and collaborate in, national intelligence work". "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.

The letter also defended the company's reputation in the face of several United Kingdom allies restricting the use of Huawei equipment in crucial communications infrastructure.

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