United Kingdom to Allow Huawei Into Its 5G Networks

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The UK government has reportedly approved Huawei supplying some 5G equipment for operators in the nation despite warnings from intelligence agencies and the United States government of a potential security risk.

Digital minister Margot James responded to the reports by tweeting: "In spite of Cabinet leaks to the contrary, final decision yet to be made on managing threats to telecoms infrastructure".

The leak of information from a meeting of the National Security Council, first reported in national newspapers, has sparked anger in parliament because the committee's discussion are supposed to be secret. But for many, the partial ban does not go far enough.

"There's a reason others have said no", he said.

This decision to involve Huawei in the development of the UK's 5G network is likely to further strain relations with the USA after it banned Huawei from its government networks.

While the government is yet to confirm the report about the alleged inquiry, speculation surfaced that the leak could have been politically motivated.

The latest report from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which oversees the monitoring of Huawei's equipment, warned security flaws in the firm's products could pose a risk to national security.

Despite the ongoing challenges, Huawei said it expects to post double-digit growth in its carrier business unit this year, as the Chinese company believes that global investment into 5G will be value-driven, reliable and generate more growth opportunities.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Huawei would be allowed to help build the "non-core" parts of the UK's 5G network, such as antennas.

The decision to allow Huawei to supply equipment for the UK's 5G network was always going to be controversial, especially as there is no clear understanding on what constitutes the "core" part of the network, from which Huawei is banned.

Huawei has repeatedly dismissed allegations of its link to the Chinese government, but critics question how independent any large Chinese organisation can be, especially because they are legally obliged to cooperate with intelligence authorities.

The decision was agreed by a committee of senior ministers, but at least five of the committee members were said to have raised objections.

The government replied to media queries by claiming "we have conducted an evidence-based review of the supply chain to ensure a diverse and secure supply base, now and into the future".

New Zealand has also stopped one of its operators using Huawei's 5G equipment and it is now evaluating the potential risks, while Canada remains undecided.

The telecoms equipment market is divided between three majors suppliers - Huawei, Sweden's Ericsson and Finland's Nokia - and network operators oppose any reduction that would limit competition among them.