United Kingdom to cut Huawei’s involvement in 5G network

UK eyes cuts to Huaweis 5G network involvement in wake of COVID-19- report

Such is the controversy over the decision, Downing Street isn't convinced the plan would pass a vote in the House of Commons, despite the government having an 80 seat majority.

Huawei has argued against any U-turn, with vice-president Victor Zhang insisting the firm is "private" and "100 percent owned by employees".

"[Having] operated in the United Kingdom for 20 years, our priority has been to help mobile and broadband companies keep Britain connected, which is more vital than ever in this health crisis", he added.

"More generally, the evidence is now overwhelming that we need a root and branch reform of our attitude toward China". British telecoms firms now need clear guidance so we can build an advanced comms future without high risk, hi-tech from authoritarian states. "We can not put our important information at risk of being accessed by the Chinese Communist Party (.) Huawei is really operating on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party "he warned". Three, the smallest of the UK's four operators, has relied on South Korea's Samsung for its 4G radio equipment but past year announced Huawei as its sole 5G vendor. There should be no place for it in the UK.

However, the cost of honoring the existing 35% cap on Huawei is about £500 million and it might be more expensive to drop the Chinese manufacturer, not to mention the UK's plans to bring fiber internet access to every home could be seriously affected.

The prime minister is expected to use less reliance on China as a means to boost trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Britain's departure from the European Union, according to the newspaper.

The newspaper reported that two working groups had been created under the umbrella of Project Defend.

Conservative politicians in Britain's parliament have condemned Beijing's handling of COVID-19-partly blaming the country's lack of transparency surrounding its early response for the worldwide outbreak-and have called for limits to be placed on Chinese investments.

The US has previously raised security concerns about the use of Huawei equipment, warning allies that use of it in their networks means they face being cut off from intelligence feeds.



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