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


Johnson's plans to limit the Chinese tech giant's influence in Britain's 5G network to zero by the year 2023 was reported by The Guardian and Telegraph on Saturday local time.

In this sense, he stressed that the risk is not only in the most sensitive cores of 5G networks but in all those infrastructures.

The prime minister is expected to reduce reliance on China in the coming years as a means to boost relations elsewhere.

Three out of four of the UK's mobile networks had already made a decision to use and deploy Huawei's 5G products outside the core in the "periphery", namely Vodafone, EE and Three.

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He continued: "Huawei now needs to stop trying to "dig" its way into the United Kingdom network as it has been doing".

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Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, also commented on the government's plans, saying that Huawei is "actually owned by the Chinese Communist Party".

"You have to protect yourself in all parts of the network", he said in statements to the press. Robert Strayer, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communication and Cyber Communication. Beijing denies U.S. allegations it has not been transparent about the outbreak.

The United States, a key ally of Britain, has raised security concerns about Huawei equipment, and warn that allies that use it in their networks risked being cut off from valuable intelligence-sharing feeds.

Beijing has been facing mounting global criticism over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China before spreading to the rest of the world.

The development would be a change of direction for Britain, which last month confirmed it would allow Huawei to have a role in building its 5G network.

Britain decided in January to allow Huawei to participate in the network, on the condition that it was excluded from security critical network functions and its involvement capped at 35 percent.