May 24, 2020

Fresh UK review into Huawei role in 5G networks

The UK government is conducting a new review into the impact of allowing Huawei telecoms equipment to be used in British 5G networks. In January, the UK resisted US pressure to ban Huawei from contributing to 5G. A UK government spokesman said: "The security and resilience of our networks is of paramount importance." The UK government had approved a limited role for Huawei in building the country's new mobile networks. UK mobile operators were told by the NCSC - part of the intelligence agency GCHQ - that they would have three years to comply with caps on the use of Huawei equipment in their networks. In response, Huawei wrote an open letter to the UK government, urging it not to "Disrupt" Huawei's involvement in the rollout of 5G. In January, after a prolonged and difficult debate, the government decided to allow Huawei to play a role in 5G but to limit its market share to 35% of the network and keep it out of the most sensitive parts.

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