United Kingdom may not in the position to ban Huawei

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Huawei has faced a storm of controversy in recent months, with the United States suggesting its telecoms kit could be used by China to spy on western countries.

Two sources said the NCSC did not think it was necessary to completely bar Huawei from British networks, believing it could continue to manage any risks by testing the products at a special laboratory overseen by intelligence officials.

According to the BBC, the United Kingdom government is set to decide in March or April whether United Kingdom networks such as Three, Vodafone, and EE, will be permitted to use Huawei technologies in the future.

And last night it was claimed British officials have also concluded any concerns about the firm can be allayed by beefing up safeguards.

The US argues that if countries in the west allow Huawei to build their 5G infrastructure, the Chinese telecoms giant could work in backdoors which would allow the Chinese government access to data which flows through the network.

Huawei has set up security labs in Britain and Germany aimed at building confidence that its equipment does not contain "back doors" for Chinese intelligence services.

If true, the report goes against continued warnings from the U.S. concerning the threat posed by Huawei to Western nations.

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The company has said it is open to supervision from the European Union if it helps assure governments, and has openly invited concerned stakeholders to come and see for themselves what Huawei is and isn't doing.

The conclusion reached by Britain would "carry great weight" with European leaders, the FT reported on Sunday, citing a source.

And in a potential blow to the U.S. claims, British media reported that the country's intelligence agencies have found it is possible to limit the risks of using Chinese-made networks.

Huawei has denied accusations that it facilitates Chinese spying.

The U.S. Justice Department last month unsealed charges against Huawei, its chief financial officer - who had been arrested in Vancouver - and several of the companies' subsidiaries, alleging not only violation of trade sanctions but also the theft of trade secrets. Last month, she was charged with wire fraud that violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Huawei did not respond to requests for comment.

A spokesman said: 'As was made clear in July's HCSEC (Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre) oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei's engineering and security capabilities.

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