UK says OK to Huawei

Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Shenzhen-based Huawei, with China President Xi Jinping [REUTERS, archive]

The UK will allow China's Huawei to build what are described as 'non-core' elements of a British 5G network, but the Chinese company is not allowed to operate at what are defined by the government as sensitive sites.


As Dan Sabbagh tweeted today, “Boris Johnson and the spies have their way.”

From reporting by Heather Stewart at The Guardian:

The Chinese tech firm Huawei has been designated a “high-risk vendor” but will be given the opportunity to build non-core elements of Britain’s 5G network, the government has announced.

The company will be banned from the “core”, of the 5G network, and from operating at sensitive sites such as nuclear and military facilities, and its share of the market will be capped at 35%.

“We are clear-eyed about the challenge posed by Huawei, which we today confirm is a high-risk vendor,” said a Whitehall source.

But the source insisted a “market failure” meant there was little alternative in the short term.

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Boris Johnson gives green light for Huawei 5G infrastructure role
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