Thursday 11 April 2019 5:02 pm

Huawei insists its technology is ‘as secure as any’ as it hits out at US

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Huawei has insisted the security of its telecoms equipment is as secure as any of its competitors, as it hit back at the US’s calls for a global ban on the firm.

“We are probably the most tested vendor in the world,” Huawei’s cybersecurity director Sophie Batas told reporters in Brussels, according to Reuters.

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Huawei has been the subject of fierce scrutiny over the role it will play in global telecoms networks amid fears its technology could be used for spying.

The US has spearheaded a campaign against the Chinese firm, encouraging its allies to ban Huawei from their 5G networks.

Batas today hit out at comments by Robert Strayer, a cyber security official at the US state department, who said yesterday the US’s allies should vet any supplier using a “risk-based security framework”.

“I have difficulty believing that a government like the United States organised a press conference yesterday to single out one particular company, and I wonder why it is going so far,” Batas said.

Batas said there were a range of tests customers could carry out on Huawei products at the firm’s new cyber security centre in Brussels.

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She added law firms Zhong Lun, Clifford Chance and Ernst & Young had probed China’s intelligence laws and found authorities would not be allowed to install so-called backdoors in the company’s products.

The UK is yet to reach a verdict on whether Huawei will be allowed to participate in its 5G network, but is expected to set out its position in an upcoming telecoms supply chain review.