The UK may reverse its decision to allow Huawei as a provider for building the country’s 5G network after a report concluded that US sanctions would make the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment less secure. The GCHQ National Cyber Security Center report, leaked by The Telegraph and corroborated by BloombergHe claims that restrictions on Huawei’s operations “will force the company to use unreliable technology that could increase the risk for the UK.”
The report “is likely to force Boris Johnson to leave the company entirely,” according to The Telegraph. A source said Bloomberg The British Prime Minister is preparing to phase out Huawei as early as this year, although the exact timetable has yet to be confirmed.
“We are considering the impact that additional US sanctions against Huawei could have on UK networks,” the UK government says in a statement. “This is an ongoing process and we will update more in due course.”
Despite pressure from the United States, the United Kingdom pushed ahead with plans that included Huawei as a provider of 5G network infrastructure earlier this year. Huawei would only be used for “non-core” elements of the network, and would limit itself to providing 35 percent of the supply. Johnson had argued that viable alternatives to Huawei technology, which is already widely prevalent in British communication networks, were lacking.
“We are working closely with our customers to find ways to manage the proposed US restrictions so that the UK can maintain its current leadership in 5G,” Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang said in a statement to Bloomberg. “We believe it is too early to determine the impact of the proposed restrictions, which are not about security, but about market position.”