The telecoms equipment giant Huawei poses no threat to Britain’s national security, a board established to monitor the company’s operations confirmed.
According to Reuters, Huawei set up an independent cyber security evaluation center in Oxford in 2010 in conjunction with the government to check whether its equipment could pose a threat to national security.
The board, which includes representatives from government, intelligence agencies, and Huawei itself, said it was satisfied with the independence and quality of its tests. “Any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated,” it said.
Huawei has been involved in Britain’s telecoms network for over a decade, initially through a multi-billion pound deal to supply BT, the country’s largest fixed-line operator. In 2013, however, British lawmakers said that the company, founded by a former People’s Liberation Army officer, should have faced more scrutiny.
The announcement is a major victory for Huawei, which has been met with intense suspicion when trying to enter Western markets. The US in particular has been very hostile to Huawei, stating categorically that the company presents “significant security concerns.”
By Dominic Jackson