Huawei Statement Regarding the UK Government's 5G Decision

Huawei Statement Regarding the UK Government's 5G Decision

Huawei Statement Regarding the UK Government's 5G Decision

But the United Kingdom government gave the green light to Huawei's involvement in 5G on Tuesday, despite previous pressure from the USA to block the firm.

The U.S. has been lobbying European allies to ban Huawei, over concerns it could be compelled to help with electronic eavesdropping after Beijing enacted a 2017 national intelligence law.

Rejigging the existing infrastructure to comply with the new regulation isn't going to come without a cost, and for BT, the price tag is £500 million.

The European Union is due on Wednesday to publish a so-called toolbox that will provide recommendations on how to deal with vendors considered to be high risk, but is expected to stop short of imposing up-front bans on any one network vendor.

Canada has not yet made its decision on whether to allow the Chinese telecom manufacturer into Canadian 5G systems.

"Today we are equipping EU member states, telecoms operators, and users with the tools to build and protect a European infrastructure with the highest security standards so we all fully benefit from the potential that 5G has to offer", EU industry chief Thierry Breton said in a prepared statement.

But he said BT would have to switch out equipment and spend more on alternatives from Huawei's rivals Ericsson and Nokia over five years to comply.

Mr Pompeo had previously suggested Huawei's equipment posed a spying risk, saying that "we won't be able to share information" with nations that put it into their "critical information systems".

He said it led him to conclude there were "justifiable questions" over the UK's Huawei policy "and that we all collectively need to think very carefully about this decision". "The Prime Minister underlined the importance of like-minded countries working together to diversify the market and break the dominance of a small number of companies", the British government said in a statement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to go further, with all of the country fibre connected by 2025.

While these guidelines may encourage some governments to restrict the participation of Huawei and other Chinese companies in parts of their next-generation broadband, they also leave room for interpretation and don't call for a de facto ban. Basically, the United Kingdom is trying to achieve it both ways, allowing operators to use some Huawei equipment without giving the company full access to its networks.

Huawei also denied a report on January 29 that alleged the German government was in possession of evidence that the company had cooperated with Chinese intelligence.

"It's important for everyone to know there is also real work being done by lots of private companies inside the United States and in Europe to make sure that there are true competitors to Huawei", he told reporters.

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