BT and Vodafone told to stock up on Huawei kit over US sanctions

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British security officials have told telecoms operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment owing to fears that US sanctions will disrupt the Chinese firm’s ability to maintain critical supplies, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Senior officials at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who are studying the impact of new […]

Tory MP asks BT if using Huawei complies with anti-slavery policy

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A Conservative MP has asked BT to investigate whether using Huawei is compliant with its anti-slavery policy after an Australian thinktank alleged that some of the Chinese firm’s subcontractors used forced labour from the country’s Muslim minority. Bob Seely, who is one of a group of Tories unhappy with government plans to allow Huawei to […]

Trump speaks to Boris Johnson about security as UK nears Huawei decision

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Donald Trump discussed the security of telecommunications networks with Boris Johnson, the White House said, as Britain closes in on a decision on Huawei’s role in the country’s future 5G network. The US administration told allies not to allow the Chinese tech giant to form part of such networks, claiming it would be a security […]

‘This is not rule of law’: detention of Huawei workers sparks backlash

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Around this time last year, Zeng Meng, 39, was on holiday in Thailand, having dinner with his father. Suddenly he was surrounded by Chinese police. Plainclothes officers stood on each side of him, their hands on his shoulders, while another filmed the scene. The officers showed their IDs and said they had been dispatched from […]

Huawei under fire in China over employee detained for eight months

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The Chinese telecom corporation Huawei has come under fire in its own country as members of the public rallied behind a former employee detained for eight months after demanding severance pay from the company. Last January, Li Hongyuan, a Huawei employee of 13 years, was arrested on extortion charges and detained until August, when he […]

Huawei helped North Korea build wireless network – US reports

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Huawei Technologies, the Chinese company put on a US blacklist because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents. The Chinese telecommunications company partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology, on a number of […]

How other countries are responding to Trump’s Huawei threat

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Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that effectively bars US companies from using telecoms equipment supplied by “foreign adversaries” deemed to pose “unacceptable risks” to national security. The “national emergency” ban is aimed at controversial Chinese telecom Huawei, which the US claims could use equipment supplied to forthcoming 5G voice and data networks […]