Huawei given UK 5G go-ahead
Written by: Charlotte Hathway | Published:

The UK government has announced the conclusion of its Telecoms Supply Chain Review, with Huawei given the go-ahead to build “non-sensitive” parts of the UK’s 5G networks.

This follows a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where it was agreed that the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) should issue guidance to UK telecoms operators on high risk vendors.

This advice is that high risk vendors should be:

  • Excluded from all safety related and safety critical networks in Critical National Infrastructure
  • Excluded from security critical ‘core’ functions, the sensitive part of the network
  • Excluded from sensitive geographic locations, such as nuclear sites and military bases
  • Limited to a minority presence of no more than 35 per cent in the periphery of the network, known as the access net

Victor Zhang, vice-president, Huawei, said, “Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track. This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market.

“We agree a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology.”

The announcement was also welcomed by the CBI. Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said, “It’s right that the Government took its time to assess the merits of Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network. This solution appears a sensible compromise that gives the UK access to cutting-edge technology, whilst building in appropriate checks and balances around security.

“5G is a technology that will transform lives, businesses and reinvigorate the UK’s digital infrastructure. It has the potential to add real economic value to all parts of country and end the digital divide which holds too many rural areas back.”


This material is protected by MA Business & Leisure Limited copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.


Twitter

Land Mobile is the only monthly publication exclusively dedicated to wireless communications for businesses. Launched in 1993, this leading industry title provides practical advice, expert opinion and commentary and insightful, informative, truly authoritative editorial.

St. Jude's Church,
Dulwich Road,
London,
SE24 0PB,
United Kingdom

MA Business is part of the Mark Allen Group.