The second largest telecoms equipment manufacturer on the planet, the company's products have been widely used in the UK for over a decade, becoming an essential component in most mobile and fixed-line networks throughout the country. Despite a multi-billion pound deal between the UK's largest fixed-line operator, BT, and Huawei, that originally established the Chinese company's products into widespread use (followed by similar deals with mobile service operators, O2, EE, and Talktalk), the potential security implications involving foreign access to critical networks, as well as the political history of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei, caused British lawmakers to advise closer scrutiny of Huawei's activities.
The resulting board, which included government representatives, intelligence agencies, and Huawei executives, oversaw the series of independent quality and security tests which ultimately determined the company's low risk. "Any risks to UK national security from Huawei's involvement in the UK's critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated," the board concluded.
Huawei was eager to demonstrate its willingness to work with governments and independent quality auditors, to ensure confidence in its cyber-security. "In the globalised, interconnected digital age, we must all work together to deliver the best solutions to the challenges we face," the company said in a press statement.
“Huawei is pleased to be playing its part in providing reassurance to its UK customers of the quality of our products and solutions through HCSEC,” Ryan Ding, executive director of the Huawei Group Board, and deputy chairman of the HCSEC Oversight Board, said in an email to SCMagazineUK.com. “In the globalised, interconnected digital age, we must all work together to deliver the best solutions to the challenges we face.”