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Norfolk MP George Freeman says Huawei 5G deal may be bad decision

Norfolk MP George Freeman says Huawei 5G deal may be bad decision

Some critics have expressed concerns that the Chinese government could require the firm to install technological "back doors" to enable it spy on or disable Britain's communications network.

There is no formal confirmation but the Daily Telegraph says Huawei will build "non-core" components such as antennas.

The company categorically denied this.

Chinese tech giant Huawei has reportedly been given the go ahead to help build Britains new 5G network Pic: AP Photo/Kin Cheung. A second source confirmed that. One senior agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, lamented the invasion of politics into a highly technical debate.

"We are not going in the U.S.to have Huawei in our most sensitive networks", Joyce told a conference in Scotland.

Britain's compromise could provide a template for other Western nations to follow as they try to navigate the row between Beijing and Washington.

Huawei welcomed London's move, though ministers cautioned that a final decision may not have been made.

However, some British lawmakers remained opposed.

The report said the Prime Minister was in favour of the decision, despite concerns raised by her Home, Foreign, Defence, International Trade, and International Development secretaries. The Financial Times reports the US State Department ambassador for cyber and global communications, Robert Strayer, as saying that while "the edge was dumb" between core and non-core elements of the 4G network, there is "no relevant distinction between the core and the edge of the 5G network".

Britain has conducted an "evidence-based review" of the 5G supply chain to ensure a secure base "now and in the future", a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

In what some have compared to the Cold War arms race, the United States is anxious 5G dominance would give a competitor such as China an advantage Washington is not ready to accept.

"If it bans Huawei, telecoms companies are clear that 5G will be delayed for years and cost billions of pounds more".

The United States has also been pushing for the European Union not to use Huawei's gear in 5G networks over concerns that it would open citizens and governments up to espionage and other forms of cyber-attacks.

British media are reporting that the government will let Huawei work on "non-core" parts of the so-called 5G network, which will handle massive amounts of consumer data.

"The core is the sensitive part of the network and we recognise that and are happy to not sell that service here and limit ourselves in that regard, as we did with 4G for Spark as well". Here in the United Kingdom we will see the first 5G networks rollout later in the year, and the new cellular connectivity standard will see widespread adoption beyond mobiles: in PCs, in industry, in IoT, and even as a viable alternative to fibre broadband in your home. Australia has taken the same approach, barring both Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE.

"Huawei welcomes reports that the United Kingdom government is moving towards allowing Huawei to help build the UK's 5G network", it said in a brief statement.

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