U.S. officials responsible for national security and telecommunications were meeting their peers in Britain ahead of the final decision on Huawei 5G technology.
U.S. officials responsible for national security and telecommunications were meeting their peers in Britain in the attempt to convince U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to ban Huawei 5G technology from its networks.
“The security and resilience of the U.K.’s telecoms network is of paramount importance,” spokesman Slack James Slack told reporters. “We have strict controls for how Huawei equipment is currently deployed in the U.K. The government is undertaking a comprehensive review to ensure the security and resilience of 5G and fiber in the U.K.”
Slack confirmed that the government is still investigating the security of the 5G network.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has introduced last week a new bill that would ban the sharing of intelligence with countries that use Huawei equipment on their fifth-generation (5G) networks.
Since November 2018, the US Government has invited its allies to exclude Chinese equipment from critical infrastructure and 5G architectures over security concerns.
The United States always highlighted the risks to national security in case of adoption of Huawei equipment and is inviting internet providers and telco operators in allied countries to ban Huawei.
Chinese equipment is broadly adopted in many allied countries, including Germany, Italy, and Japan.
Many countries are going to build 5G infrastructure, but the approach of their governments is completely different.
The U.S. has banned the use of Huawei products in federal agencies and In November Federal Communications Commission voted to cut off funds for Chinese telecom equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The US regulators consider the Chinese equipment in US telecommunications networks a threat to homeland security.
According to U.K. security minister Brandon Lewis, the British government would make the final decision on the adoption of Huawei technology for its 5G networks “relatively soon.”
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