Vodafone said it asked Huawei to deal with the back-doors as soon as it spotted them and was told that they had been, but it took further prompting to get the lot of them. Furthermore some anonymous sources told Bloomberg that the vulnerabilities still remained beyond 2012 and were also present in Vodafone networks in other countries, including the UK. Vodafone allegedly knew about this but stuck with Huawei regardless because they were relatively cheap.
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Scott Bicheno , April 30, 2019
Citing low cost as a reason to use flawed Huawei technology, Vodafone told Bloomberg that issues found in the Chinese equipment were not cause enough to ditch the cheap hardware. According to the report from Bloomberg, hardware used in Italy back in 2011 contained security back-doors that could have given the Chinese technology giant access to the entire fixed network. Bryan Littlefair, who wrote the following in a 2011 report: “What is of most concern here is that actions of Huawei in agreeing to remove the code, then trying to hide it, and now refusing to remove it as they need it to remain for ‘quality’ purposes.”