United Kingdom 'doesn't need to ban' Huawei 5G kit

United Kingdom 'doesn't need to ban' Huawei 5G kit

United Kingdom 'doesn't need to ban' Huawei 5G kit

"Our review of the right policy approach to 5G security and resilience is still ongoing".

Much has been said about potential risks of using Huawei kit for mass communication networks, with countries including the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand weighing in on whether the Chinese company poses a threat to national security.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, speaking last weekend in Germany, urged European allies to take seriously "the threat" he said was posed by Huawei as they look for partners to build the new 5G mobile networks.

Geng accused the United States of using "political means" to interfere in economic activity, "which is hypocritical, immoral and unfair bullying".

Whatever risk Huawei's work on national 5G infrastructure may bring, it can be managed and mitigated, the UK's top security body has said.

In addition to banning officials from spending money on Huawei equipment, the U.S. government has been trying to convince other countries to follow its lead and shun the company.

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What are the security concerns over Huawei?

Huawei, meanwhile, says this is all "pride and prejudice" and that it isn't doing any spying, although that latter announcement was somewhat undermined by the inclusion of praise for Donald Trump as "a great president".

Wark points to Huawei's history of fostering technological innovation in Canada and supplying quality gear to major telecommunications providers as reasons to assess the security risks on rational, technical grounds. Huawei did get another round of bad publicity in December 2018, when the company CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on suspicion of bank fraud. The U.S. has accused her of fraud and violating global sanctions against Iran, which she and Huawei have both denied.

The NCSC didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation and comment.

While NCSC did not directly comment on the FT report, it reiterated earlier concerns about Huawei's engineering and security capabilities. We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make.

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