While NCSC did not directly comment on the FT report, it reiterated earlier concerns about Huawei's engineering and security capabilities. It is not in any sensitive networks - including those of the government. It wasn't quite the briefing that I got about them (Huawei).
A British defense and security think tank has warned that it would be "naive" and "irresponsible" to let Chinese Telecommunications Company Huawei supply equipment for the UK's ultra-high speed 5G mobile networks.
No evidence has been produced publicly and Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims, but the allegations have led several Western countries to restrict the company's access to their markets.
Experts say Huawei networks are generally cheaper than those of competitors and are of a high quality, making it a hard decision for governments and telecom operators to shun the supplier altogether.
Pompeo told Hungary's foreign minister that it would be hard for the United States to partner with countries where Huawei equipment was "co-located" with American technology.
In the mobile phone arena, Huawei is now the largest Chinese vendor by volume and the No. 2 worldwide by sales, just behind Samsung.
The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) says Beijing's history of using cyber attacks to advance Chinese interests in the West showed it was at risk of installing a "hidden backdoor" in the system.
Like New Zealand, Britain has yet to make a final decision on whether Huawei can play a role in its telecommunications networks. "The number one pre-condition for safe 5G is better cyber security". U.S. officials believe that the technology could one day be used by Chinese intelligence for spying.
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The officials added that a cybersecurity investigation into the company's wireless hardware showed that no data could be stolen off of them, as the U.S. has claimed.
Other operators in Europe, including Britain's BT and France's Orange have already removed Huawei's equipment or taken steps to limit its future use.
The newspaper quoted a person "familiar with the debate" who said the British decision would carry "great weight" with European leaders, as Britain is part of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network with the US.
Ren Zhengfei told "CBS This Morning" that the allegations that he is coordinating with Chinese intelligence officials or unwittingly supplying them with eavesdropping tools are not based on facts.
"As we said then, and repeat today, these problems are about standard of cyber security; they are not indicators of hostile activity by China", he said.
"We will monitor and report on progress and we will not declare the problems are on the path to being solved unless and until there is clear evidence that this is the case".
The NCSC chief executive highlighted a report a year ago which gave only limited assurances Huawei could be securely used by the UK Government.
The report comes as the U.S. urges allies to exclude Huawei from 5G network development projects.