Trump tipped to ban Chinese telecom equipment ahead of MWC

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BT said in December that it would not buy Huawei equipment for the core of its next generation 5G network, which launches this year in 16 United Kingdom cities.

Past year it emerged the USA, which has long frozen out the company from its own telecommunications infrastructure, had been encouraging other western nations to take similar action.

According to Reuters, Huawei's representative in the EU, Abraham Liu, said on Thursday evening that Huawei hopes cybersecurity will be regarded as a technology rather than an ideological issue.

The speech came just days after a team of U.S. officials toured EU capitals - including Brussels - urging European governments to scrap Huawei technology from their telecom infrastructure plans.

Complicating the situation is the Canadian arrest of a top Huawei executive sought on an extradition request by the U.S. Reports suggest that the European Union is now considering a de facto ban on Huawei equipment, which has prompted the company to offer complete transparency through supervision.

Last year's United Kingdom government report was written by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which was set up in 2010 in response to concerns that BT and others' use of the firm's equipment could pose a threat.

"Cybersecurity should remain a technical issue, instead of an ideological issue".

Meanwhile, based upon concerns first raised in the US that the company's technology could easily be equipped with back doors, the Polish Government is set to exclude all Huawei manufactured equipment from the nation's future 5G network.

Although public evidence for Chinese espionage via Huawei is lacking, in several Western countries, including the Netherlands, the risk regarding the implementation of Huawei equipment in telecom networks is being warned.

These partners "have publicly endorsed their trust in Huawei".

The company also denied claims it could be compelled to assist Chinese national intelligence work using information gathered from the UK.

"Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion", the letter stated.

The United States froze Huawei out of its network infrastructure previous year, claiming that the company was adding backdoor access on behalf of the Chinese government.

Liu will reiterate that Huawei has not and would never harm the interests of customers or countries. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business".

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