The UK government has stood by its own security vetting procedures used for Chinese vendor Huawei after reports from the US citing major security concerns with the firm hit the headlines on Monday.
Huawei is a major player in the UK, providing the network infrastructure for mobile operator EE and recently pledging to invest over £1bn in the country after its chief executive Ren Zhengfei met with prime minister David Cameron.
However, the US has been far more wary towards the firm, citing concerns with its business operations in the country on numerous occasions.
On Monday, the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee warned it would consider blocking sales of Huawei products, and its compatriot ZTE, and complained the firms failed to meet its requests for information during an 11-month investigation.
"In the course of the investigation, the committee has been disappointed that the companies provided little actual evidence to ameliorate the committee's concerns," said Committee chairman Mike Rogers.
V3 contacted the UK government's Cabinet Office for its response to these concerns voiced by the US, given the work Huawei does in the UK.
A spokesperson told us the government is aware of the concerns raised but believes it is taking the necessary measures to protect the nation.
"We recognise that no system is completely invulnerable and the globalisation of the telecoms industry means we may face a growing range of cyber security threats," they said.
"To address this risk, a Cyber Security Evaluation Centre was set up in 2010 which enables government experts to work with Huawei to give assurance that their products meet UK Government security standards.
"We understand that a number of other countries are exploring the same approach."
A spokesperson for EE also stood by the firm.
"We have a rigorous security process in place that ensures all our partners and work undertaken by them meets our required standards," they said.
"Huawei, a globally trusted and respected company, underwent a stringent security check and agreed to a specific set of security requirements before being selected to work with EE in May 2011 on the installation and upgrade of our ‘4G ready' 2G network infrastructure."
The response will be good news for Huawei which undoubtedly sees the UK as a major growth market, with the firm's UK chief technology officer, Stefano Cantarelli, touting its ability to provide the necessary hardware for network deployments at the Next Gen 2012 conference on Monday.
V3 asked Cantarelli if he was concerned the reports from the US could harm its prospects in the UK and Europe but he refused to be drawn on the issues.
Last year Huawei succeeding in encouraging former UK government chief information officer John Suffolk to join the firm in a new cyber security capacity.
He used this position to release a white paper urging nations to end any form of cyber warfare and touting Huawei's own security credentials.
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