Belfast Telegraph

Queen's University Belfast not seeking further work with Huawei

By Lauren Harte

Queen's University has become the latest institution to distance itself from Huawei, following security fears about the Chinese tech company.

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The university has one existing research project which is endorsed by Huawei in wireless technologies. The project received £713,111 in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK's main agency for research grants in engineering and the physical sciences.

"This project began in March 2017 before any uncertainty arose," Queen's said.

"We are continually reviewing our relationships and the university is not currently pursuing any new funding opportunities with Huawei."

The company did not respond to a request for comment, but it has strongly rejected suggestions that it poses any kind of security threat.

It previously said it had "never been asked by any government to build any backdoors or interrupt any networks, and we would never tolerate such behaviour by any of our staff".

Ulster University has confirmed that it is "not in receipt of any funding from Huawei."

Belfast Telegraph