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Britain to give all-clear to Huawei security centre

Published on Dec 5, 2013 1:30 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain will clear Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei to run a UK-based cyber security centre if it agrees to tighter rules to allay spying and hacking fears, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Huawei supplies software and equipment which channels phone calls and data around Britain and has found itself at the centre of a debate, particularly in the United States, over whether it is a risk for governments to allow foreign suppliers access to their networks. Last year, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee urged U.S. telecoms companies not to do business with Huawei because it said potential Chinese state influence on the firm posed a security threat.

Australia's government upheld a ban in October on Huawei bidding for work on its National Broadband Network, citing security agency advice.

Huawei, which denies any wrongdoing and maintains its work is secure, opened a technology centre in Oxfordshire, southern England, in 2010 to test the security of its software and hardware to ensure that they won't expose the UK network to outside hacking or spying. The British government ordered a review in July of the site, known as The Cell, to ensure security procedures are strong enough.

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