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Ginger Lawrence | 08 February, 2019, 18:25

No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims, but the allegations have led several Western countries to restrict Huawei's access to their markets.

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.

In a letter to Norman Lamb, chairman of the committee, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei's carrier business, said: "Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion".

"It is a complicated and involved process, and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results".

Several countries, most notably the USA, have effectively frozen Huawei out of the market due to fears about links between the company and the Chinese government.

Britain's National Cyber Security Council (NCSC), which issued the July report, said it was in "regular dialogue with Huawei about the standards expected of their products".

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The new legislation was a last-minute addition by the government to a wide-ranging corporate law and would have required telecom operators to seek formal approval for the use of certain kinds of equipment considered to be particularly sensitive for spying or sabotage risks. It states that Chinese organisations are obliged to "support, cooperate with, and collaborate in, national intelligence work".

"Cybersecurity should remain as a technical issue instead of an ideological issue, because technical issues can always be resolved through the right solutions while ideological issues cannot", Huawei's chief representative to the EU Institutions and VP of the European Region Abraham Liu is set to say in a speech during Huawei's Chinese New Year event in Brussels, according to Reuters.

Huawei has been under great scrutiny in recent times, but remember that ZTE was also heavily put under the microscope not long before. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business", continues Ding.

Deutsche Telekom, in an internal document obtained by Bloomberg, warned that Europe could fall behind China and the United States by as much as two years if it forgoes using Huawei's 5G equipment.

'For us, it is a matter of security or nothing; there is no third option.