ZTE opens Brussels cybersecurity lab in transparency bid

Move comes four months after Huawei opened a similar facility in EU’s administrative capital

ZTE says the Cybersecurity Lab Europe will provide access to the external security verification of ZTE’s products, services and processes.
ZTE says the Cybersecurity Lab Europe will provide access to the external security verification of ZTE’s products, services and processes.

ZTE has opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels on Wednesday, aiming to boost transparency in its production process.

The development comes four months after Huawei opened a similar facility as it pushes back on spying claims.

The Chinese telecommunications equipment maker says the Cybersecurity Lab Europe will provide access to the external security verification of ZTE’s products, services and processes, and will “facilitate the external cooperation in the security field with stakeholders.”

The lab will also provide source code review, document review, black box testing and penetration testing. In addition, ZTE will conduct research of the security field in the lab, in partnership with other security vendors.

"The security for the ICT industry cannot be guarded by one sole vendor, or by one sole telecoms operator. ZTE is willing to play an important role in contributing to the industry's security along with its customers and all other stakeholders,” said Zhong Hong, ZTE’s chief security officer.

Chinese vendors of network gear are under increased scrutiny by the United States and some of its allies who believe the equipment could be used by Beijing to spy on customers if deployed in 5G networks, which are being rolled out across the world.

ZTE almost went out of business last year when U.S. suppliers were banned from supplying it with components in a row over trade with Iran. The ban was lifted in June 2018 after it paid a $1 billion fine.

ZTE has opened two other Cybersecurity labs in Nanjing, China and Rome, Italy in May.

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