(Reuters) – Britain can handle the security risks of using Huawei telecom equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious business by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday and withdrew against US allegations of Chinese state espionage.
Ciaran Martin, head of the UK's National Cyber Security Center, said the UK has not yet decided on its security policy for national 5G networks, but Huawei equipment is subject to detailed monitoring and strict control over where it is used.
"Our regime is probably the most difficult and rigorous oversight system in the world for Huawei." Martin, whose NCSC is part of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, said at a cyber security conference in Brussels.
Ask later if Washington had presented Britain with any evidence to support its claims, he told reporters: "I would have to report if there was evidence of evil … of Huawei. And we still have to do it. So I hope it covers it. "
Huawei, the world's largest manufacturer of telecom equipment, is facing intensive western scrutiny of its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, with the United States calling on allies not to use corporate technique.
No evidence has been submitted publicly, and Huawei has repeatedly denied claims, but the claims have led to several Western countries restricting its access to its markets.
Mr. Martin said it was for the US government to comment on what information it had about the company but added: "From our point of view … if you look at the detailed paper we publish, we decide how we handle risks."
Huawei had no immediate comment, and US officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Britain is an important campaign for Huawei in its campaign against resisting US pressure in Europe. Any decision by London to allow the Chinese company to participate in the construction of the next-generation 5G network would be scrutinized by other nations because of Britain's membership of the Five Eyes Intelligence Sharing Group with the United States.
But the company has been on fire in the UK since a government report in July last year found that technical and supply chain problems with its equipment had exposed national telecom networks for new security risks.
Last month, Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, said it was the "pausing" deployment of Huawei equipment in the core network until Western governments provided complete security release.
Other operators in Europe, including Britain's BT and France's Orange, have already removed Huawei's equipment or taken steps to limit their future use. 1
Mr. Martin said Huawei had promised to deal with the problems but admitted it would take a few years.
"We will monitor and report on progress, and we will not explain the problems are on the way to being resolved if not and until there is clear evidence that this is the case," he says. improvements we need to see from Huawei. "