UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE
The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) had reportedly sent a letter to telcos urging them not to use equipment from ZTE, saying that the Chinese telecoms giant carried too much risk.
The NCSC apparently said that new equipment and services from another Chinese supplier would render the country’s existing mitigations ineffective. ZTE competitor Huawei is already major supplier of networking equipment for fixed and wireless networks in the UK and is also engaged in 5G trials and Internet of Things (IoT) research.
The warning comes as another blow to ZTE after the US had imposed an export ban on it this week for allegedly lying to the US Bureau of Industry and Security on disciplinary actions handed down to senior employees for illegal shipments, and full bonuses to employees who had engaged in illegal activities.