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Huawei hits back at security allegations

Steve Rogerson
December 12, 2018



Huawei has hit back at security allegations made against the Chinese technology giant last week by European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip.
 
The company said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the comments made about Huawei by Ansip at a press conference on artificial intelligence (AI) in Brussels. During the press briefing, Ansip responded to a question regarding Huawei’s role in some European driverless cars and 5G projects in the context of security allegations against the company.
 
“We categorically reject any allegation that we might pose a security threat,” said a Huawei statement. “We are open to a dialogue with vice president Andrus Ansip to address these misunderstandings and intend to continue our longstanding cooperation with the European Commission as a private, employee owned company.”
 
The statement said Huawei was part of the solution, not the problem.
 
“Huawei has never been asked by any government to build any backdoors or interrupt any networks, and we would never tolerate such behaviour by any of our staff,” it said. “Cyber security has always been our top priority and we have a proven track record of providing secure products and solutions for our customers in Europe and around the world. Today, the ICT supply chain is highly globalised. Cyber security needs to be addressed jointly at a global level, and equipment vendors should not be treated differently based on their country of origin. Singling out one vendor does nothing to help the industry identify and address cyber-security threats more effectively.”
 
Huawei said it was ready to provide any information and was committed to maintaining an open dialogue with its European partners on security-related issues.
 
Huawei is a provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated products across four key domains – telecoms networks, IT, smart devices and cloud services – it says it is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.
 
Huawei has more than 180,000 employees and operates in over 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, it is a private company fully owned by its employees. In Europe, Huawei employs over 11,000 people and runs two regional offices and 18 R&D sites. So far, Huawei has established 240 technical cooperation projects and has partnered with over 150 universities across Europe.
 
Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou has been released on bail by a Canadian judge after being arrested earlier this month for allegedly misleading banks about the company’s connections with another company suspected of breaking US sanctions on exports to Iran.
 
The bail conditions means she has to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passport and be accompanied by two security officers at all times. The USA wants her extradited.