The great 5G cold war is under way, but as the US continues to pressure allied countries to ban the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, one key ally remains unconvinced. According to the Financial Times, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has concluded that there is no need to ban Huawei gear in the country's 5G infrastructure.
The findings of the NCSC are still not official, and according to a government spokesperson, the review of 5G security is still ongoing and it would be inaccurate to speak about definite decisions. So while a blanket ban of Huawei equipment may have been ruled out, we still don't know how the UK will approach the issue of a potential security threat from the Chinese firm. It could well be that some restrictions on Huawei gear will be employed in certain areas, in order to limit potential risk. Hardware from several suppliers could be used to avoid dependence on one company.
Of course, any presence of Huawei equipment in UK 5G networks defies the agenda of one of the countries strongest allies, the United States. American officials are calling on friendly nations to ban Huawei entirely from their countries, alleging that Huawei could use its equipment to spy for the Chinese government. To date, there is no public evidence to back this up, but Huawei equipment has been banned in the US and some allied nations such as Australia and Japan have followed suit. European countries are also considering Huawei bans.
If the UK rejects the call to ban Huawei, then US will have an uphill struggle in its quest to persuade other countries to join the embargo. After all, if such a close US ally as the UK believes Huawei to be a manageable risk and is willing to defy the US on the issue, why should they be frightened?
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Source: Financial Times