BUSINESS Huawei set to address software problem in the UK amid concerns


Huawei set to address software problem in the UK amid concerns

Global Times

13:28, August 08, 2018

Chinese technology giant Huawei said it will improve its engineering and risk management systems in a bid to ensure cybersecurity following media reports claiming the company is facing increased scrutiny in the UK.

"We are committed to addressing the areas for improvement in our engineering processes identified by the Oversight Board. Cybersecurity remains Huawei's top priority, and we will continue to actively improve our engineering processes and risk management systems," Huawei said in statement sent to the Global Times on Tuesday.

Reuters reported on Sunday that the UK government's Oversight Board charged with analyzing Huawei's equipment found technical and supply chain "shortcomings" that exposed the country's telecoms networks to new security risks, citing a report by the board in July.

One of those risks is due to Huawei's use of the VxWorks operating system, produced by US-based Wind River Systems, said the Reuters report, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.

Fu Liang, an independent Chinese telecom industry expert based in Beijing, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the case should not get too much attention as it merely involves a company's software update. 

"It is more important to witness the company's promise and measures to enhance its services and ensure cybersecurity," Fu noted.

Compared with the US, an independent market with leading  core technologies, Europe tends to be more open by following a market-driven mechanism, said Fu.

In Europe, Huawei signed memoranda of understanding to try out its fifth-generation (5G) equipment in February with Britain's BT, Bell Canada, France's Orange, Germany's Deutsche Telekom and UK-based multinational network provider Vodafone, with these countries not sharing US concerns over the Chinese company in the name of national security, Reuters reported.

Cover image: An attendee holds a smartphone in front of a Huawei Technologies Co. logo at the launch event of their P9 smartphone in London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (File photo: VCG)

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