Belgium’s center for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. The agency, which reports to the Belgian prime minister, had been tasked with analyzing the possible threat posed by Huawei, which supplies equipment to Belgian mobile operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and Telenet.
“Until now we have not found technical indications that point in the direction of a spying threat,” a spokesman for the agency said on Monday. Global market leader Huawei is the target of a campaign by the US which has barred it from next-generation 5G networks due to concerns over its ties to the Chinese government and says other Western countries should block its technology.
Germany last month set tougher criteria for vendors supplying telecoms network equipment, but stopped short of singling out Huawei, instead, saying the same rules should apply to all vendors. Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel last month reiterated that the government is not planning to exclude Huawei from 5G contracts in the country, despite pressure–since walked back–from the U.S. to do just that.
“There are two things I don’t believe in,” Merkel said during a speech at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin. “First, to discuss these very sensitive security questions publicly, and second, to exclude a company simply because it’s from a certain country.”
On a related note, Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu said at the company’s annual global analyst summit at the company headquarters in Shenzhen on Tuesday that Huawei has not had talks with Apple Inc about supplying it with 5G chipsets. His comment came after founder Ren Zhengfei told CNBC that Huawei was “open” to selling its fifth generation (5G) chips to Apple.