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

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond speaks to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing

Huawei welcomes reports UK will allow it in 5G networks

Spark's corporate relations lead, Andrew Pirie, told BusinessDesk late yesterday: "We have read the reports out of the United Kingdom today with interest".

"This green light means that United Kingdom businesses and consumers will have access to the fastest and most reliable networks thanks to Huawei's cutting-edge technology", Huawei Global said in a statement to media.

"While we await a formal government announcement, we will continue work cooperatively with the government and the industry and their evidence-based approach to network security". He tweeted "There's a reason others have said no" referring to the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

However, its role will be confined to supplying "non-core" equipment, such as antennas and base stations.

It had been suggested that Theresa May had opened the door to the Chinese telecoms giant to help build Britain's new network despite warnings of the potential threat to national security.

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Among the attendees at the NSC meeting were several of the candidates widely tipped to want the job: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The board said it could "only provide limited assurance" that all risks to national security from Huawei's involvement in the UK's critical networks could be sufficiently mitigated long-term.

Ciaran Martin, the head of the National Cyber Security Centre - which oversees Huawei's current United Kingdom work - told BBC Radio 4's Today programme a framework would be put in place to ensure the 5G network was "sufficiently safe".

5G is the next (fifth) generation of mobile internet connectivity, promising much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections. The conditions reportedly require guarantees from the company that it would not hand over information to the Chinese government.

Furthermore, the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, previously suggested companies such as Huawei could be kept out of the sensitive parts of 5G networks and be closely watched via enhanced monitoring.

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But she added the government would be hoping its decision on Huawei did not upset either China or the US.

The telecoms equipment market is divided between three majors suppliers - Huawei, Sweden's Ericsson and Finland's Nokia - and network operators oppose any reduction that would limit competition among them.

It has led to concerns among MPs as Chinese companies are legally obliged to cooperate with the state's intelligence agencies.

But lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of Britain's Foreign Affairs Committee, said allowing Huawei to remain in the 5G network would undermine trust between Five Eye allies.

Last year, the United States, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand all banned Huawei from participating in government contracts, citing security reasons, while several other countries said they were also anxious about Huawei's activities.

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