Jul 6, 2020

Huawei: UK government weighs up UK ban of Chinese firm's products

The government has received a report into Huawei that is likely to change its policy over the Chinese firm's role in the UK's telecoms networks. One of the company's spokesmen took a tougher line over the weekend, following newspaper reports that the government might ban the purchase of new Huawei 5G equipment by the end of the year. "UK policy is being dictated by [the] Trump administration... shouldn't the US respect a United Kingdom in the post-Brexit era being in a position to chose its own telecommunication strategy?" tweeted Paul Harrison, Huawei's head of international media, UK. Huawei's role in the UK seemed to have been settled in January, when the government placed a cap on its market share in mobile and full-fibre fixed-line broadband networks, and excluded its involvement in the most sensitive parts of 5G known as the "Core"'. Washington claims Huawei is backed by the Chinese military and poses a national security risk, claims the company denies. The risk is that as a consequence Huawei would have to start sourcing chips from elsewhere, which UK security officials might not be able to properly vet.

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