Despite U.S. pressure to cut the Chinese company out of development plans, the U.K. government said it will allow telecom industry key player Huawei a ‘limited role’ in building its new 5G data network. Huawei is considered as a major threat to security as it has been cited with its links with the military as well as the Chinese communist party by the U.S.
The U.K. says it will make sure that the ‘sensitive ‘core’ parts of 5G’ and other high-speed networks would not make use of any Huawei equipment. It also said that the involvement non sensitive parts of Britain’s network for all the high risk vendors along with Huawei will be up to 35 percent only.The government’s 5G supply chain review by U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), says that rather than banning Huawei – that they consider a high-risk vendor- from its important new network, Huawei should be used in a limited way by the British companies so that the risk can be collectively managed. The other countries are also warned by NCSC that unless they have really strong system, they should not include Huawei in their 5G network plans.
The U.S. claims that the company can give China the access to spy on anyone through the ‘backdoor’ that they would build. Whereas, all these allegations were declined by Huawei. The founder and CEO of Huawei Ren Zhengfei said that no company is obligated to install backdoors as there are No such law in China.
On 4th of February a senior Trump administration official told National Public Radio that the United States is disappointed by the U.K.’s decision. In 2012 the U.S. Intelligence Committee issued a report against Huawei, criticizing the company over its lack of transparency and ties to China’s government. Since that event the U.S. has openly been doubtful about the company.
Whereas, Huawei has accepted U.K.’s decision based on evidence happily. In a video statement about the decision Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang said that Huawei is pleased by the U.K. government’s decision of letting them work with U.K.’s 5G data network and now to keep the 5G rollout on track they can continue working with our customers.