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United Kingdom to Allow Huawei Into Its 5G Networks

United Kingdom to Allow Huawei Into Its 5G Networks

He says Chinese laws force Huawei "to cooperate with the security apparatus" and it is unwise to cooperate on a telecoms issue with a state "that can best be described as not always friendly".

It has been reported that, despite the concerns of several cabinet ministers and some of the government's security advisers, the technology firm Huawei could be allowed to help build a new 5G network. Australia has been the most outspoken backer of the USA approach and New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau previous year rejected an application from Spark to include Huawei in non-core elements of the 5G build.

Huawei's New Zealand deputy managing director, Andrew Bowater, was the most explicitly optimistic following the announcement on the eve of a trade mission to Beijing by United Kingdom chancellor for the exchequer, Philip Hammond, that Huawei could supply elements of the next generation of the internet, so-called "5G", as long as they were not core elements of the system. Earlier the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which oversees Huawei's work in the United Kingdom, was said to believe the risks posed Huawei could be managed.

EXPERT NEGOTIATING ROBOT Theresa May has reportedly agreed to allow controversial telecoms company Huawei to provide equipment for the upcoming 5G infrastructure in the UK.

He said a Government review was looking at creating "greater resilience and critically diversity in the entire supply chain", adding that when decisions were made "we will announce them to the House in the proper way".

The report said the Prime Minister was in favour of the decision, despite concerns raised by her Home, Foreign, Defence, International Trade, and International Development secretaries.

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Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks with nearly instantaneous data transfer that will become the nervous system of Europe's economy, in strategic sectors like energy, transport, banking and health care.

Furthermore, the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, previously suggested companies such as Huawei could be kept out of the sensitive parts of 5G networks and be closely watched via enhanced monitoring.

In the past, he said, he had believed the policy of managing the risk had been sufficient.

This was taken up by Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat who tweeted: "Allowing Huawei into the UK's 5G infrastructure would cause allies to doubt our ability to keep data secure and erode the trust essential to #FiveEyes cooperation". He stressed it by pointing out that 5G is highly software defined (in his words, "internet system that can genuinely connect everything"), and it will be very hard to insulate the non-core from the core.

It also comes less than a month after the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board reported that the company's approach to software development brings "significantly increased risk to United Kingdom operators".


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