Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is expected to spend US $ 2 billion (US $ 1.5 billion) to mitigate British security concerns over vulnerabilities in its products, thereby limiting an insane week for the company.
In July a British government The center was set up to verify the integrity of Huawei's technology, warning that it had security concerns about the company's technology and could only give limited security to the risks to national security had been reduced.
Both Huawei and the government refused to cover the details in the Financial Times, and Reuters reports that the company wants to invest in this effort. It is assumed that the money should be spent over five years.
On Wednesday, Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada and sent to the US on charges of sanctions violations. The dispute threatens to derail the negotiations for the de-escalation of the trade war between the US and China.
Alex Younger, the head of MI6, separately warned that Britain would have to make "some decisions" about the role of Chinese companies in the telecommunications infrastructure in the UK.
"We need to decide to what extent we will be comfortable with Chinese ownership of these technologies and platforms in an environment where some of our allies have taken a very definite position," said Younger
Ren Zhengfei, who Founder of Huawei and the father of Meng, was prior to the founding of Huawei in 1987, officer of the People's Liberation Army. The Company denies any affiliation with the PLA, stressing that it has 80,000 employees
Both the company and the government emphasized that Huawei's plan to spend $ 2 billion was not linked to further espionage views. However, the company had long faced suspicion because Ren had a background.
In 2010, the company entered into an agreement with the British government to set up the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center in Banbury, Oxfordshire, to minimize potential risks to its products in the national infrastructure. His work is overseen by the National Cyber Security Center, a branch of GCHQ.
A report that the HCSEC submitted to the UK government earlier this year found that there were disagreements in interpreting the company's code through computers. There was no evidence of compromise and it could not be guaranteed that the risks had been completely reduced for national security.
A spokesman for Huawei said, "Earlier this year, the HCSEC's Supervisory Board's report found some room for improvement in our country's engineering processes. We are grateful for this feedback and have taken on this issue. Cyber security remains Huawei's top priority. We will continue to actively improve our design processes and risk management systems. "
A government spokesman said," The National Cyber Security Center is committed to the security of British networks and we have a regular dialogue with Huawei on the criteria expected of their products. As clarified by the HCSEC oversight body in July, the NCSC has concerns about a number of technical issues and has made the necessary improvements that the company must make.
"The UK government and UK telecom operators are working with Huawei to address the risk of cyber security risks ensuring that the UK continues to benefit from new technologies. "