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Huawei caves in to UK 5G demands

Huawei has pledged $2bn to overhaul its equipment and software in a bid to ease growing security fears.

Senior officials from Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) met with Chinese tech executives where they issued a range of technical requirements that Huawei must agree to, if they are to be part of the country’s 5G network plans.

British intelligence has expressed ‘concerns’ regarding the use of Huawei’s equipment, citing it as a potential security risk.

In a statement, NCSC expressed that it was "committed to the security of UK networks, and we have a regular dialogue with Huawei about the criteria expected of their products.

"The NCSC has concerns around a range of technical issues and has set out improvements the company must make," it said. 

It follows a turbulent year for the Shenzhen-based equipment company, who has seen their telecom equipment banned from Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Governments around the world have grown increasingly wary of Huawei’s presence in critical national telecoms infrastructure, amid cybersecurity fears and potential links to Beijing.

UK’s biggest telecom provider BT also announced it was to strip all Huawei equipment from its core system; complying with an internal policy to keep the Chinese company’s equipment at the edge of telecoms infrastructure.

Last week, the arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was described as a "despicable rogue's approach" by company officials, fueling tensions of a trade war between China and the US.