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Following Huawei, ZTE Sets Up Europe Cybersecurity Lab to Prove ‘Transparency’

July 11, 2019 / Zhao Runhua

Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE has opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels to promote security "transparency," the company announced Wednesday. The announcement comes after fellow Chinese telecom company Huawei opened a similar facility in the Belgian capital four months ago, to demonstrate the security of its products in a facility based in the European Union, where data is strictly protected under the General Data Protection Regulation. According to ZTE, the new lab allows visitors to review its source code — a promise also made by Huawei. ZTE said this third cybersecurity lab — in addition to one in China and one in Italy — will be significant in “guaranteeing the security of the company’s 5G solutions in 5G era.”ZTE lost over $1 billion in 2018, largely due to high-profile clashes with the U.S. government. The company was put under a U.S. ban for alleged violations of sanctions against Iran and faced patent infringement charges from...