Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has reportedly agreed to meet the UK’s security demands for future 5G mobile networks after its chief financial officer was arrested in Canada.
According to the Financial Times, Huawei agreed to a series of technical demands to address risks found in its equipment and software at a meeting between the Chinese telecom provider’s executives and senior officials from GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre.
Huawei will change its practices in the UK to avoid being locked out from future 5G telecoms networks.
The telecoms giant also said it would strip out Huawei's equipment existing 3G and 4G mobile networks following security concerns.
The US, Australia and New Zealand have blocked the use of the Chinese firm's equipment in infrastructure for 5G.
US lawmakers have claimed that Huawei’s technology could be used by the Chinese government to spy on the country, therefore representing a threat to national security.
Western governments are concerned that China will gain access to 5G and other communications networks through Huawei and expand its ability to spy. However, Huawei has denied having any ties to the Chinese government beyond paying its taxes.
Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou has been detained in Vancouver on allegations of breaching US sanctions against Iran and for cyber espionage. She was arrested on Saturday but the details only surfaced on Thursday.
Canadian officials said the Chinese government has demanded the release of Wanzhou, whom the US was seeking to extradite.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said: "The detention without giving any reason violates a person's human rights."
"We have made solemn representations to Canada and the US, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person's legal rights."