Huawei says it could take 5 years to resolve hardware issues

Huawei President BCG Ryan Ding

Huawei President BCG Ryan Ding

A Huawei sign is pictured at a shop in Beijing, China January 29, 2019.

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.

The letter was in response to concerns raised by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in its annual report, a body that includes Huawei, UK operators and UK Government officials.

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

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

A spokesman for the parliament science and technology committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He also reiterated that the company's products have never harmed national security of any country in the world.

In Germany, Reuters said ministers have been meeting to discuss the possibility of a Huawei 5G ban after Angela Merkel earlier this week set conditions for the company's participation in the nation's new mobile network, including guarantees from the company that it would not hand over information to the Chinese government.

Huawei, the global networks market leader with annual sales exceeding $100 billion, faces worldwide scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and suspicion Beijing could use its technology for spying.

In an interview last month, Andrus Ansip, European Commission vice president for digital affairs, said China's National Intelligence Law, passed in 2017, has increased the risk in dealing with Chinese companies in Europe. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business".

In a report published a year ago, the HCSEC said it could only offer "limited assurances" that Huawei kit was safe to use due to a lack of progress in resolving previous concerns, while a visit to Huawei facilities in Shenzhen had identified a lack of scrutiny with third party components.

British authorities have not found any evidence of spying using Huawei equipment.

A spokesman from the National Security Council advised that the "working across government and with our allies and like-minded partners to mitigate risk in the deployment of 5G and other communications infrastructure".

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