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Government report raises concerns over risks of Huawei’s broadband and mobile equipment

The Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre 4th annual report said “significant additional work” was needed to address the shortcomings in the Chinese manufacturer’s equipment and processes that "have exposed new risks in UK telecoms networks".

Huawei is the largest supplier of telecoms equipment, particularly in Britain across broadband and mobile industries, working with companies such as BT and TalkTalk. The company is prevented from distributing its products in the US and other countries over concerns about potential back doors allowing foreign security service access to its devices.

The UK permitted Huawei to supply telecoms companies with components in 2010 but a condition was that the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Board was established to provide ongoing monitoring of its products and processes. “Identification of shortcomings in Huawei’s engineering processes have exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks and long-term challenges in mitigation and management,” the report said.


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