Allowing Huawei for limited participation? British media: UK 5G still plans to use Huawei

“The Johnson (British Prime Minister’s) government decided to support Theresa May’s decision to allow Huawei to participate in the construction of the UK’s 5G network,” the Times quoted unnamed sources as saying on Wednesday. The Daily Mail said on the same day that The National Security Council (NSC), led by Mr Johnson, is expected to make a final decision this week.

Reported that the United States has been “suspected of espionage” on the grounds that allies banned Huawei, including the United Kingdom and Germany, but last week, Germany announced that It would not ban Huawei from 5G construction.


According to the Times, several senior sources in the UK’s administrative and security services said the government was making a decision that would allow Huawei to participate in the “uncontroversial” part of the UK’s 5G network. A source said: “In recent days, the meeting on Huawei has been held further, with the same view as Theresa May’s, which involves them in the uncontroversial part of the network. On April 23rd this year, the UK’s National Security Council met and decided to allow Huawei to “limited participation” in the construction of Britain’s 5G network, backed by then-Prime Minister Theresa May and several ministers. Hours later, the highly classified information was leaked to the media, sparking a huge controversy, with Then-Defence Secretary William Son, considered the source of the leak, being sacked by Theresa May.

Britain is believed to be the first country in the US-led Western intelligence group Five Eyes Alliance (US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) to explicitly reject Huawei’s ban. After the leak of “Huawei’s limited participation in the UK 5G”, the United States launched a variety of lobbying activities, both hard and hard to force the British government to change the decision. The Times says Mr Johnson said when he became prime minister in July that he wanted to take the time to make a decision on Huawei after active US lobbying. But a senior source said some of the technology developed by Huawei was not at all in the West and that the UK could fall behind if it did not work with huawei. “There is no substitute for these new technologies in the West. The decision is the same. The reality is, if you don’t say yes, you have no choice. The West has allowed Huawei to develop into a near-monopoly in this area. ”


Although the National Security Council has yet to make a formal decision, a security official said a decision on whether huawei should be allowed to participate in the UK’s 5G network was expected by Christmas, possibly in November, the report said. “Under current thinking, the UK will allow Huawei to help build 5G networks, but their operations will continue to be closely watched.” The Times says cabinet ministers are expected to meet in the next five weeks to formalise the decision. “Johnson will have to be careful with any decision, because it would unsettle U.S. President Donald Trump and the head of U.S. intelligence agencies. On October 10th UK network operators and academics jointly submitted an opinion to the British Parliament asking for BRITISH operators to be allowed to build 5G networks using Huawei products, according to the US technology website The Register. Another tech website, TechRadar, reported on the 18th that open-source office technology company Open-Xchange’s survey of UK consumers showed that “Britons would rather quit Facebook than Huawei”: 32 per cent said they would prefer to stop using Facebook, compared with 11 per cent. is willing to discontinue Huawei products.

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