Trump Tipped to Ban Chinese Equipment from U.S. Mobile Networks

Huawei has long maintained it doesn't provide back doors for the Chinese government

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.

Huawei has since committed to spending $2 billion in a drive to fix those problems, but in a letter to lawmakers last week, Ryan Ding, president of the company's carrier business group, said it would take up to five years to see results.

But dumping the telecom company comes at a cost as experts say Huawei is between six months and one year ahead of rivals in terms of the quality of 5G equipment.

The speech came just days after a team of U.S. officials toured EU capitals - including Brussels - urging European governments to scrap Huawei technology from their telecom infrastructure plans.

A spokesman for the parliament science and technology committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It comes amid growing global concerns over Huawei, after the US, Australia and other western governments effectively barred the company from participating in the roll-out of next generation 5G telecom equipment.

Mr Ding also defended the company's reputation in the face of several United Kingdom allies restricting the use of Huawei equipment in crucial communications infrastructure. Approved in 2017, the law states that Chinese "organisations and citizens shall, in accordance with the law, support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work".

Merkel has said Germany needs guarantees that Huawei would not hand data to the Chinese state before it can take part in building fifth-generation networks that would link everything from vehicles to factories at far greater speeds.

Huawei is also willing to accept European government supervision, Reuters said. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business", continues Ding.

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. Four products were then found by the NCSC to be lacking binary equivalence, while an additional issue was found in Huawei's use of commercial and open-source third-party components, with not all being managed through the agreed process.

According to the source close to the Trump administration, with 5G infrastructure being developed, USA senior officials want "to move the needle" on their security messaging.

The next British report is expected to be released in coming weeks.

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