UK allows Huawei to build 5G network shoving off US security alerts


Finally, Huawei seems to have managed to convince the government of the UK as it has got the nod of the government to build the 5G network across the United Kingdom on Wednesday. But UK’s Prime Minister has announced that the Chinese telecom equipment vendor will be allowed to supply its equipment for the network build-up albeit certain restrictions.

The decision is reported to have been taken on Tuesday in the presence of National Security Council Chairing the Prime Minister as the head.

And as per the source familiar with the developments, Huawei will be allowed to supply equipment such as antennas and other non-core infrastructure.

Early this month, US security agencies such as CIA issued a security alert to the UK not to include Huawei in its region’s 5G network build up as the vendor is suspected to be funded by Chinese Intelligence which has put some backdoors into the supplied equipment for eavesdropping.

Even the “Five Eyes” Intelligence Members- Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and the US first endorsed the decision.

However, UK snubbed the warnings on Monday this week, giving permission to Huawei on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, the endorsement comes before the CyberUK Conference which is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland this week.

According to a news post from Reuters, the latest decision taken by the UK might land it into the bad books of United States further deteriorating the relationship between Theresa May and Donald Trump even further showing the effect on Brexit in near future.

So, far Huawei seems to have signed over 40 commercial contracts for 5G with world’s leading telecom carriers and is said to have shipped more than 70,000 5G base stations.

Hence, the UK’s latest announcement can be anticipated as the latest victory to Huawei’s global business which seems to be affected by business ban threats from Trump administration to a certain extent.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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