German IT watchdog says no evidence to back Huawei spying claims

German IT watchdog says no evidence to back Huawei spying claims

TEPC has argued, "While it is common knowledge that telecom equipment from China poses severe security threat, recent decisive actions by technologically savvy countries have confirmed this".

The heightened scrutiny comes at a critical moment for Huawei's ambitions in Europe, its second-biggest market outside of Asia. More broadly, it challenged its accusers to produce actual evidence of their claims about security or - at the very least - to share them with Huawei's customers. He warned excluding Huawei from fifth-generation networks in Australia and other markets would hurt consumers by raising prices and slowing innovation.

Following the arrest of Meng in Canada, the Chinese government then arrested two Canadians on national security concerns, and thus Hu was questioned whether this was in direct retaliation. Hu said BT acted "under political pressure". On the contrary, out of the hundreds of operators we work with in the world, nearly all of them are saying they want to work with Huawei, using Huawei equipment for their 5G networks, because they know we are the best. "You can't make yourself more excellent by blocking competitors from the playing field", Hu said. Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, faces possible USA charges of lying to a bank to hide Huawei's dealings with Iran.

Hu says there have been cases where countries have used 5G issues as "an excuse groundless speculation based on ideological or geopolitical considerations".

During the Summer, ZTE was caught violating USA trade sanctions with Iran and subsequently was banned from using any United States products or IP within its supply chain.

The arrest of the Garratts came shortly after a Chinese businessman was picked up on a USA warrant in Canada.

Asked whether Huawei would be hurt if it faced similar curbs, Hu said he couldn't talk about something that hadn't happened.

"Regardless of how unreasonable their approach becomes, the partnerships we have with our global suppliers will stay unchanged", it said. "Huawei's record is clean".

The company has a workforce of 180,000 and China's biggest corporate research-and-development budget.

Analysts have warned Huawei's political importance to Beijing would make any USA attempt to impose ZTE-style controls an explosive issue. The move from the U.S. nearly destroyed ZTE, with the company ceasing operations for a couple of weeks, but Huawei's Rotating CEO doesn't think his firm would be under the same risk.

Hu wasted no time in asserting his confidence in the company's growth and prospects, and expects revenue in 2018 to exceed US$100 billion. Hu was open to a question about building cyber security evaluation centers in places such as the United States and Australia, pointing to similar centers in the UK, Canada, and Germany that are created to directly identify, address, and mitigate concerns. That follows a report in July by the board that oversees the testing center in Britain that faulted Huawei for weak software engineering.

At the tour of Huawei's Shenzhen headquarters on Tuesday, journalists glimpsed some of Huawei's most advanced R&D labs housed in a three-storey building with a white facade and four columns, referred to by insiders as the "White House".

Another major carrier, China Unicom is also prepared for full-scale deployment of its 5G network after receiving approval for use of its frequency band, the company said in a statement to the Global Times.

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