UK PM Boris Johnson orders an end to reliance on Chinese imports

Marco Green
May 25, 2020

In January, after a prolonged and hard debate, the government made a decision to allow Huawei to play a role in 5G but to limit its market share to 35% of the network and keep it out of the most sensitive parts.

"Following the USA announcement of additional sanctions against Huawei, the NCSC is looking carefully at any impact they could have to the UK's networks".

When speaking to lawmakers, Johnson said he wants to keep the country's technological base protected and the government review will also be expected to involve drugs and personal protective equipment.

The fresh United States sanctions, announced earlier this month, outlaw any American intellectual property from being used in the production of Huawei equipment.

The National Cyber Security Agency in the United Kingdom is expected to conclude that USA sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company's technology as planned for 5G networks. It concluded that high-risk vendors such as Huawei should not be allowed into sensitive parts of Britain's 5G network and recommended the 35 per cent cap. Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He said: "It was obvious that it's becoming increasingly hard [for ministers] to get through legislation that would give a legal basis for Huawei to be in the advanced 5G network".

The UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the nation is seeking to end reliance on some China imports. Ltd.'s involvement in Britain's 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. Huawei's involvement at the time was capped at 35%.

The decision of London, at the beginning of the year, generated "disappointment" in Washington, which continues to denounce the risk it represents, according to the administration of Donald Trump, the Chinese giant. He said in January that there were not many other options available for the UK's 5G infrastructure, and telecommunications Vodafone said that removing Huawei equipment from its networks would be extremely expensive.

According to latest data released by Huawei, the firm has so far won 91 5G contracts across the world.

The U.S. has claimed that Huawei includes back doors in its equipment that allow the company to spy on users of mobile phone networks that use it.

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