Huawei working hard on its image
Chinese telecommunication equipment giant Huawei is working hard on proving to the Australian government that the use of their products will not pose a threat to national security.
Their reputation harmed by the report by U.S. House of Representatives’ Permanent Committee on Intelligence advising firms and governments against buying their solutions and by Australia decision to not let them compete for lucrative national contracts, the company has offered to make its equipment and source code available for inspection by Australian government security experts.
“The report does not address U.S. perspective of cyber security issues which was need of the report. There is not one single recommendation in it that address issue of Cyber Security issue. It is only about US elections and trade protectionism… number of analysts have said that,” Huawei’s Global Cyber Security Officer John Suffolk pointed out, adding that it would be suicidal for Huawei to be involved in any kind of cyber security issue given that it does 70 percent of its business outside of China.
Australia has yet to accept the proposal.
In the meantime, state-owned telecom China Unicom has made a move that may or may not be a direct reaction to the problems Huawei is experiencing: it replaced all Cisco System devices from one of its major backbone networks.