Read more: US trade ban on Huawei could slow global 5G rollout, warns Barclays Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), blasted the embattled firm over its poor security standards, which he said were worse than its western rivals.
“Huawei as a company builds stuff very differently to their Western counterparts,” he told a conference in London.
The NCSC has previously warned it can provide only limited assurance that the risks to national security posed by the Chinese telecoms giant can be mitigated.
While the US has added Huawei to a trade blacklist, the UK is yet to issue a verdict on whether the company will be allowed to participate in the rollout of 5G.
However, details leaked from a national security meeting earlier this year suggested the government will allow Huawei to build non-core parts of the network. Read more: Trump: US and UK will reach an agreement on Huawei
Asked about how Huawei compares to its competitors, Levy said: “Certainly nothing is perfect, certainly Huawei is shoddy, the others are less shoddy.”