What you need to know
- The UK government has made its decision on the use of Huawei hardware in its 5G networks.
- Huawei will be excluded from the "core" parts of the network.
- There will be a 35% cap on "high-risk vendor" access to non-core parts.
Reports suggest that the UK government has made its decision regarding the use of Huawei hardware in its 5G networks, excluding it from "core" parts of the networks.
However, Huawei will get limited access to non-core parts, with a 35% cap on "high-risk vendor access". According to Zoe Kleinman:
The BBC notes that it will also be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites. In a statement the firms UK head Victor Zhang 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..."It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market."
All major UK carriers already use Huawei as part of its 4G networks, however, the rollout of 5G has drawn close attention in part due to security concerns, and calls from President Donald Trump and the US not to allow the Chinese Tech company to build the network. Beijing has also warned of "substantial" repercussions if Huawei is excluded outright from the process, putting the UK government in a fairly sticky situation.
The news will not affect UK carriers that significantly, however, as only Three is reportedly using Huawei in its 5G tech, and in a limited capacity
In a statement in advance of the decision O2, who has chosen Nokia and Ericsson as its hardware supplier said:
Vodafone UK stated:
A Three spokesperson in advance of this ruling said: "We continue to keep in close contact with Government and the NCSC on the issue and will abide by any directions given by them." However, it noted that Nokia is the chosen provider for its core network (the bit Huawei is excluded from). Three also noted that its relationship with Huawei was new, and that it had strict contractual obligations in the RAN agreement which means that Huawei will have to meet standards set by the NCSC.
BBC political corresponsent Laura Kuenssberg commented on the news saying:
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