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EE stands by Huawei despite US 'threat' fears

UK government sticks up for Chinese firm too
Tue Oct 09 2012, 10:57
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UK 4G LTE MOBILE OPERATOR EE has said it will stick by Huawei, the provider of its network infrastructure, despite fears in the US that the firm's equipment poses a security threat.

Yesterday it was revealed that after a yearlong investigation, the US House of Representatives branded Huawei along with fellow Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE as threats to national security on the premise that the firms' equipment could be used to spy on the US.

Despite these claims, UK mobile operator EE has said that it will stick by Huawei, which provides the network infrastructure for the company.

An EE spokesperson said, "We have a rigorous security process in place that ensures all our partners and work undertaken by them meets our required standards."

"Huawei, a globally trusted and respected company, underwent a stringent security check and agreed to a specific set of security requirements before being selected to work with EE in May 2011 on the installation and upgrade of our '4G ready' 2G network infrastructure."

What's more, the UK government added that it will also stand by the Chinese firm, but said that it will take the necessary measures to protect the nation.

A UK government spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "We recognise that no system is completely invulnerable and the globalisation of the telecoms industry means we may face a growing range of cyber security threats.

"To address this risk, a Cyber Security Evaluation Centre was set up in 2010 which enables government experts to work with Huawei to give assurance that their products meet UK Government security standards.

"We understand that a number of other countries are exploring the same approach."

ZTE has also come forward today to address claims that its equipment poses a security threat, saying that it poses no threat to US telecommunications infrastructure. A ZTE spokesperson said, "ZTE has set an unprecedented standard for cooperation by any Chinese company with a US congressional inquiry."

They further said, "ZTE has presented the Committee with ample facts that demonstrate ZTE is China's most transparent, independent, globally focused, publicly traded telecom company. ZTE is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges.

"The company already is recognised as a Trusted Delivery Partner by 140 governments and 500 network carriers." µ


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