* UK government to publish security review of Huawei site
* Will clear Huawei centre, seek tighter checks - source
* Review set up to ensure UK networks are safe from attack
By Andrew Osborn and Peter Griffiths
LONDON, Dec 4 Britain will clear Chinese
telecoms equipment firm Huawei to run a UK-based cyber
security centre if it agrees to tighter rules to allay spying
and hacking fears, a person familiar with the matter said on
Huawei supplies software and equipment which channels phone
calls and data around Britain and has found itself at the centre
of a debate, particularly in the United States, over whether it
is a risk for governments to allow foreign suppliers access to
Last year, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee urged U.S.
telecoms companies not to do business with Huawei because it
said potential Chinese state influence on the firm posed a
Australia's government upheld a ban in October on Huawei
bidding for work on its National Broadband Network, citing
security agency advice.
Huawei, which denies any wrongdoing and maintains its work
is secure, opened a technology centre in Oxfordshire, southern
England, in 2010 to test the security of its software and
hardware to ensure that they won't expose the UK network to
outside hacking or spying.
The British government ordered a review in July of the site,
known as The Cell, to ensure security procedures are strong
That review, led by Prime Minister David Cameron's national
security adviser Kim Darroch, will give Huawei the all-clear,
but will recommend tighter controls at the site, the person
familiar with the issue told Reuters, without giving details of
the extra checks.
Parliament's security committee recommended in June that
intelligence officials work at the centre.
Cameron's spokesman said the report would be published
shortly and he would make no further comment until then.
Cameron, visiting China on a trade trip, said Britain and
China should hold talks on cyber security and that he had raised
the issue with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
"It's an issue of mutual concern and one that we should be
discussing," Cameron told the BBC.
The British government has described cyber attacks as one of
its biggest security threats.
The British parliament's intelligence committee said in a
report in June that UK security checks were "insufficiently
robust" when Huawei began work on the country's network.
The privately-owned company, founded by a former Chinese
army officer, says its products are secure.
It said in a statement: "Huawei shares the same goal as the
UK government and the ISC (Intelligence and Security Committee
in parliament) in raising the standards of cyber security in the
UK and ensuring that network technology benefits consumers in
"For Huawei this commitment also extends to all of the 140
countries in which we operate. Ahead of the report's
recommendations it is inappropriate for us to comment further."