Huawei in trouble as Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden recently announced in a statement that he was pushing for the “complete removal of high-risk vendors” from 5G networks. Banning the Chinese firm from the network.
Mr Dowden said that the “new and unprecedented powers” would allow government to “identify and ban telecoms equipment which poses a threat to our national security.”
“We are also publishing a new strategy to make sure we are never again dependent on a handful of telecoms vendors for the smooth and secure running of our networks,” he said.
“Our plans will spark a wave of innovation in the design of our future mobile networks,” Mr Dowden added.
In October 2018, BT Group announced that it had been phasing out Huawei equipment from “core” components of its wireless infrastructure (excluding parts such as phone mast antennas), including its 5G services.
In late November 2018, the New Zealand signals intelligence agency Government Communications Security Bureau also blocked the telecommunications company ‘Spark’ from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade, claiming that it posed a “significant network security risk.” The NZ ban followed a similar ban in Australia in August 2018.
It follows months of political wrangling, both in the UK and internationally, over Huawei’s threat to security and its alleged links to the Chinese state.
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