Huawei ‘to go extra mile’ to reassure world on 5G security | Business News
A senior figure at Huawei in the UK has told Sky News it is willing to go the “extra mile” to reassure countries its technology poses no security threat.
Jeremy Thompson, the Chinese telecom giant’s executive vice-president, was speaking as it attempts to calm security fears over its technology by offering to sign “non-spying” agreements – including with the UK government.
The prime minister has come under fire since sources confirmed last month that the National Security Council, chaired by Theresa May, had backed the use of Huawei technology in “non-core” 5G network infrastructure.
That was despite a warning from the National Cyber Security Centre and the US government that the company posed a threat.
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order later on Wednesday banning US companies from using its technology.
While Huawei has always denied a link to espionage, it has a legal obligation to cooperate with China’s intelligence agencies.
The issue of trust in the firm’s links to the Chinese government has become a wider issue for companies across China as the country’s trade war with the US escalates.
Washington accuses Beijing of intellectual property theft and forced transfers of technology.
Mr Thompson said Huawei recognised the concern but said those nations, including Japan and the US, that had banned Huawei tech from their 5G networks had “called it wrong”.