According to an official report, Chinese Telco firm, Huawei has failed to effectively tackle the security flaws in its equipment used in the UK’s telecoms networks despite several complaints in the past.
The assessment was given by an oversight board which was led by a member of the cyber-spy agency, GCHQ.
The report indicated that GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) had seen no evidence that the Chinese firm had made significant shift in its approach to the matter, adding that while some minor improvements had been made, it had no confidence that they were sustainable.
It also flagged that in 2019, a vulnerability of national significance had occurred but was fixed before it could be exploited.
The UK government had in July, announced that due to the US sanctions, Huawei was likely to be excluded from the new 5G telecoms network by 2027, adding that the Chinese firm could continue to play a role in older mobile phone networks and fixed broadband.
The US has argued that using Huawei’s equipment could create a risk of the Chinese state carrying put a sabotage or espionage, however, the firm has on several occasions denied these claims, adding that it remains committed to openness and transparency.
Despite its limited prospects in the UK, Huawei are still hoping to sell its 5G kits to other parts of Europe.