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March 26, 2015

Huawei poses no threat to UK’s national security, says Oversight Board

Huawei supplies telecoms equipment to EE, Virgin Media, O2, and BT.

By CBR Staff Writer

Chinese Networking multinational Huawei has been cleared from allegations that its products pose threats to national security.

Previously, concerns were raised in the UK, US and Australia regarding the company’s ties with the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army, which the company denied.

Huawei is one of the largest telecoms equipment providers in the UK. It initially started off with BT through a multi billion pound deal, and later started supplying equipment to other British network majors like EE, Virgin Media, O2, Sky and Talktalk.

According to reports, a board which consisted of representatives from intelligence agencies, government, and the company, highlighted that it was satisfied with the quality of its tests done on the Chinese major.

The government said: "The Oversight Board concludes that in the year 2014-15 HCSEC fulfilled its obligations in respect of the provision of assurance that any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated.

"We are content to advise the National Security Adviser on this basis."

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