Tech giant pledges £1.5bn but compares process to replacing parts on moving train

The Chinese technology giant Huawei has said security problems raised in a government report could take between three and five years to resolve.

In a letter to Norman Lamb MP, the chairman of the House of Commons science and technology committee, the firm pledged to spend £1.5bn over five years to address security concerns raised last year.

However, the Chinese company warned the process could take up to five years to see “tangible results”.

“Modern communications networks are complex systems that keep evolving in new and innovative ways. Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion,” Huawei’s carrier business group president, Ryan Ding, said in the letter.

“It is a complicated and involved process and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results. We hope the UK government can understand this.”

The letter was in response to concerns raised by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in its annual report, a body that includes Huawei, UK operators and UK government officials.

It warned that “areas of concern” in Huawei’s security infrastructure meant it could give only “limited assurance” that Huawei’s involvement in UK telecommunications infrastructure did not pose a national security threat.

The company also denied previous claims it could be compelled to assist Chinese national intelligence work using information gathered from the UK.

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