United Kingdom set to scale back Huawei role in 5G network ―Report

Andrew Cummings
May 24, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson always had issues with allowing Huawei's involvement ever since, and the situation has been aggravated by the pandemic - according to Daily Telegraph.

The new plan to reduce Huawei's involvement in the UK's 5G network brings the country in alignment with a position that the USA has championed for quite some time now.

"We've seen the reports from unnamed sources which simply don't make sense", said Victor Zhang, Huawei's vice president, in emailed comments.

PM Boris Johnson is considering minimizing the role of Huawei in U.K.'s 5G network.

Beijing is being criticised for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, but it denies U.S. allegations that it has not been transparent about the crisis. The plan reportedly has the backing of UK's intelligence officials as well, who argue that "any risks that HUAWEI equipment could be exploited for mass surveillance could be contained".

BT, the national incumbent, is heavily reliant on Huawei in its mobile and full-fiber networks.

The head of state's resort is created to ward off what might have been a humiliating loss when his existing proposition to reduce Huawei to a 35% market share was to be elected on in the Commons.

The North American government has insisted that European countries and telecommunications operators exclude the Chinese company Huawei from all levels of 5G networks and not only from the most sensitive cores of those systems. Yesterday, following Conservative MP Richard Drax 's questions to urge Johnson to copy France's review of defence supply chains because of concerns China is buying up companies at risk of going bust during the pandemic, Johnson told the Commons: "Drax is absolutely right to be concerned about investment, to be concerned about the buying up of United Kingdom technology by countries that. may have ulterior motives".

Having previously blocked Huawei's access to components made on US soil, the US Commerce Department late last week proposed modifications that would cut off access to chips made with US equipment.

The rule change could devastate Huawei by shutting it off from TSMC, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer on which the Chinese vendor is heavily dependent.

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