30 May 2019
The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA) has released a security report on Huawei and ZTE and stated that using products of these companies may present a threat to national security.
"China's laws ... require private companies residing in China to cooperate with intelligence services, therefore introducing them into the key state systems might present a threat," Dusan Navratil, director of the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA), said in a statement.
A Huawei spokesman said: "We categorically deny any suggestion that we pose a threat to national security. We call for NCISA to provide evidence instead of tarnishing Huawei's reputation without any proof."
He added that cyber-security had always been Huawei's top priority and it was a trusted partner for all the main telecom carriers in the Czech Republic.
"There are no laws or regulations in China to compel Huawei, or any other company, to install 'mandatory backdoors'," he said. The US government has been issuing warnings that Huawei's network gear could contain 'backdoors' for Chinese spies to hack into critical network infrastructure.
"Huawei has never received any such request from any government and we would never agree to it," the spokesman added.
Huawei is the world’s biggest producer of telecom equipment and ZTE has also been a leader in the networking industry. However, both the Chinese firms have been facing distrust in the global markets. Huawei had been trying to sell its products in the US, however, the deal fell through due to an intervention of the US government. ZTE products have already been banned in the US. Huawei’s CFO was also arrested in Canada earlier this month on unspecified charges.