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This article was published on December 6, 2010

    Chinese telecommunications manufacturer sets up security centre in UK

    Chinese telecommunications manufacturer sets up security centre in UK
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    Fraser Smith

    Fraser Smith is an IT consultant based in Shanghai, China. He has over 15 years experience in the media industry working with many major ne Fraser Smith is an IT consultant based in Shanghai, China. He has over 15 years experience in the media industry working with many major news publishers. He is also co-owner and editor of edexpat.com the educational resource for international families, teachers and schools. You can contact Fraser via Twitter by following @FrasSmith.

    Reuters is reporting that Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has established a security centre in the UK.

    The centre has been established to allow Huawei’s products to be inspected and tested independently amid fears that the Chinese company’s products may not be secure.

    According to John Frieslaar, managing director of the new centre,

    “This center is like a glasshouse – transparent, readily accessible and open to regulators and our customers,”

    Huawei Technologies is the largest telecommunications supplier in China providing hardware for many telephone companies worldwide.  While Huawei may not be a household name in Europe and the US, some of its mobile products are already on the market, branded with the names of domestic companies.

    Chinese telecommunications manufacturers like Huawei and rival ZTE have struggled in their global expansion plans as several western countries expressed doubts about the security of the Chinese companies’ products.

    Earlier this year, India blocked imports of Chinese telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE, citing national security concerns. In the United States too, Huawei and ZTE recently lost out in a major contract with Sprint Nextel after that company came under pressure from Washington DC to disallow them from bidding.