Huawei proposes to construct a new cybersecurity center in Poland

Muriel Colon
February 10, 2019

Last month, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with CCTV that at present, from Asia to Europe, from South America to North America, Huawei has established operations in 170 countries around the world, and has signed 30 5G commercial contracts for 5G base stations worldwide, counting for more than 25,000 goods.

In response to questions from the parliamentary Science and Technology Committee, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei's carrier business group, said that the firm has never used its products to gather intelligence information "in the United Kingdom or anywhere else globally".

Reuters also reported that the Italian government has denied that it will ban Huawei and fellow Chinese networking company ZTE from its 5G rollouts.

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

"Over the years that we've worked with Huawei, we've not yet seen anything that gives us cause for concern", Marc Allera, the CEO of BT's consumer brands, told CNN on Friday.

"Huawei is a closely watched company", he added.

Still, it's this pivotal role that had the United Kingdom government concerned in the first place; a 2018 report warned that "critical" shortfalls in Huawei equipment could pose a potential security risk to the UK's national infrastructure.

BERLIN-Germany's federal cybersecurity agency is investigating whether China's Huawei Technologies could be a security threat after warnings from other countries, the Funke group of newspapers reported on February 8, citing Economy Minister Peter Altmaier.

The proposal comes in the wake of the recent arrest of a Chinese employee of the firm & a former Polish security personnel over spying charges.

'For us, it is a matter of security or nothing; there is no third option.

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

U.S. charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran have since been issued against the company, sparking new tensions in relations between the United States and China.

In Germany, Reuters said ministers have been meeting to discuss the possibility of a Huawei 5G ban after Angela Merkel earlier this week set conditions for the company's participation in the nation's new mobile network, including guarantees from the company that it would not hand over information to the Chinese government.

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