UK gives Huawei permission to build its 5G network


The UK government has decided to allow Huawei to participate in the rollout of its 5G network – despite US pressure on the UK government to exclude the technology giant by threatening that allowing Huawei to operate its 5G network could put transatlantic intelligence-sharing or even the UK-US trade deal at risk.

In spite of US pressure, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently said the UK can have technological progress while preserving national security.

In his interview with BBC earlier this month, Johnson says, “The British public deserves to have access to the best possible technology. We want to put in gigabit broadband for everybody. Now if people oppose one brand or another then they have to tell us what’s the alternative”.

Huawei’s role in the implementation is limited to supplying critical hardware while more sensitive components will be implemented by low-risk competitors.

“Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track. This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market,” says Victor Zhang, Vice-President at Huawei.

“We have supplied cutting-edge technology to telecoms operators in the UK for more than 15 years. We will build on this strong track record, supporting our customers as they invest in their 5G networks, boosting economic growth and helping the UK continue to compete globally. We agree a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology.”

Edited by Jenna Delport

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