The Straits Times
Published on Oct 24, 2012

China's Huawei says will increase transparency


CANBERRA (REUTERS) - Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd pledged today to increase its transparency to counter security concerns, proposing to set up a cyber security evaluation centre in Australia.

Huawei, which was barred from participating in Australia's US$38 billion (S$ 46 billion) high-speed broadband network and was the subject of a U.S. Congress committee recommendation that firms stop doing business with it, said the proposed centre would give complete access to its software source code and equipment.

A similar centre was set up two years ago in Britain, where Huawei is involved in the rollout of the national broadband network, with the cooperation of the government.

Security-cleared staff test Huawei's hardware and software at the UK centre to ensure it can withstand any cyber security threats.