Huawei and ZTE are facing bans in the US after being declared as threats to US cyber security, but the UK experts feel that the Chinese company, Huawei poses no threat to their security. United Kingdom had earlier set up a security centre to asses the security risks of foreign companies in 2010.
In the UK, Huawei has a significant and influential presence. The company began operating in the UK in 2001 and has invested over £150 million, thus creating 650 jobs resulting in deals with almost every major company in the UK’s telecom industry.
Derek Smith, a cyber security spokesman for the Cabinet Office explained and said, “The picture here in the UK is different. In 2010, a special cyber security centre was set up to examine Huawei’s technology. It’s there to evaluate the networks that are coming here into the UK. It enables the government here, our experts, to work with Huawei to have the necessary assurance that their products meet our security standards.”
Huawei China and ZTE were labelled as portals which were leaving the US vulnerable to cyber attacks and espionage according to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. The representatives also warned the US firms to avoid doing business with the Chinese firms as they were allegedly installing equipment to spy on the US for China.
Huawei on the other hand is suspecting an intricate plot on behalf of US to ban the company from US soil. A statement from Huawei read, “The report which took 11 months to complete failed to provide clear information or evidence to substantiate the legitimacy of the Committee’s concerns.”