Huawei offers to share 5G know how to address security concerns

Huawei’s Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei has proposed selling the company’s 5G know how to a western firm as a way of addressing security concerns voiced by the US and others about its business.

Zhengfei says the firm will be free to change the soft ware code.

The decision comes as the US and Australia have imposed bans on Huawei software with the UK considering to follow suit.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims it helps the Chinese government spy on or disrupt other country’s telecom systems.

Observers say Huawei’s decision is because the company now recognizes that it is unlikely to by pass the efforts of the Donald Trump administration in minimising its scope to operate in North America, Western Europe and Australasia.

“Huawei is open to sharing our 5G technologies and techniques with US companies, so that they can build up their own 5G industry,” the New York Times quotes Ren as saying.

The Huawei founder further says that sharing their 5G technology would create a balanced situation between China, the US and Europe.

However skeptics say Huawei’s move is doomed to fail because of the strict intelligence law that China imposes on its domestic companies to surrender their data communication tools.

Any equipment or Software that Huawei licenses to an US entity would still fall under this obligation.

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