United Kingdom planning to reduce Huawei's role in 5G network

Marco Green
May 24, 2020

According to the report in the Guardian newspaper, Johnson has now been forced to adopt a much tougher line against Huawei by members of his own party, who were prepared to vote against the government's original proposals designed merely to restrict Huawei's role. The U.S. restrictions resulted in a loss of pace in Huawei's revenue growth in Q1.

The United States has been aggressive towards Huawei since previous year when President Donald Trump blacklisted the company calling it a Chinese tool for espionage and raising concerns about national security.

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.

Victor Zhang, vice-president Huawei said: "Our priority remains to continue the rollout of a reliable and secure 5G networks across Britain".

Earlier on Friday, The Times reported that Mr Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end Britain's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports.

This follows a number of headlines over the course of the pandemic that show how furious the United Kingdom is over China's handling of the novel coronavirus.

The push for new plans comes amid growing backlash among Conservative MPs against Chinese investment and a lack of transparency around Beijing's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Telegraph.

"Johnson still wants a relationship with China but the Huawei deal is going to be significantly scaled back".

In recent months, several European operators such as Telefónica or Vodafone have announced that will gradually withdraw the presence of Huawei equipment from the critical cores of 5G networks, in order to have several providers of that infrastructure. "The government decided in January to approve our part in the 5G rollout, because Britain needs the best possible technologies, more choice innovation and more suppliers, all of which means more secure and more resilient 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.

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