Huawei welcomes reports United Kingdom will allow it in 5G networks

Huawei welcomes reports United Kingdom will allow it in 5G networks

According to The Wall Street Journal, United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told the German government in a letter that allowing Chinese vendor equipment across 5G networks would reduce U.S. cooperation with intelligence agencies in Germany.

The Financial Times, citing those close to the meeting, added that the Chinese company had been banned from more sensitive "core" parts of the project.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Huawei would be allowed to help build the "non-core" infrastructure of the 5G network.

Cabinet minister Liz Truss said Huawei involvement should not be ruled out, telling the BBC: 'We need to decide on a case-by-case basis based on the security advice, but that should be led by the United Kingdom - we shouldn't be deciding on the basis of what the Americans think or what the Australians think'.

The world's leading intelligence-sharing network - the anglophone Five Eyes alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - will not use technology from Huawei in its most sensitive networks, a USA official said.

"Huawei welcomes reports that the United Kingdom government is moving towards allowing Huawei to help build the UK's 5G network", it said in a brief statement.

"While we await a formal government announcement, we are pleased that the United Kingdom is continuing to take an evidence-based approach to its work and we will continue work cooperatively with the government, and the industry", the Chinese company added.

The US wants its allies in the "Five Eyes" intelligence grouping - the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - to exclude the company.

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He said: "We need clarity on the risks and costs of a decision either way, and we need it now".

Huawei, a private company which already supplies equipment for the UK's existing mobile networks, has always denied claims it is controlled by the Chinese government.

A number of ministers, including Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt were said to have raised concerns about the decision.

Companies such as Samsung, Cisco and China's ZTE are also targeting parts of the 5G equipment sector.

In a tweet, shadow Cabinet Office minister Jo Platt said using Huawei equipment would raise "serious questions" about the "government's interests and how they will secure networks".

Britain's National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, met to discuss Huawei on Tuesday (April 23). That means policy choices are playing out against the backdrop of trying to appeal to rank-and-file members who have the final say.

The US has led calls to roll out a ban on the firm and has warned its allies intelligence-sharing agreements could be affected if they cooperate with Huawei.

Huawei's technology is the most advanced in this field. He stressed it by pointing out that 5G is highly software defined (in his words, "internet system that can genuinely connect everything"), and it will be very hard to insulate the non-core from the core.