The UK is ready to end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network already this year for security reasons, according to reports.
Boris Johnson is about to radically change policies after GCHQ is believed to have reevaluated the risks posed by Chinese company, Said the Sunday Telegraph.
The prime minister decided in January to allow Huawei to play a limited role in the UK 5G network, defying security concerns, particularly the United States, towards the company.
But a study that will be presented to Johnson this week will state that U.S. sanctions on Huawei will force the company to use “unreliable” technology, reports said.
A report from GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Center has determined that U.S. sanctions that prohibit Huawei from using American intellectual property-based technology have had a “serious” impact on the company, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
The newspaper said officials are making proposals to prevent the installation of new Huawei equipment on the 5G network in just six months.
In January, Johnson gave Huawei the green light to build 35% of Britain’s next generation of Internet infrastructure, with other conditions being excluded from all safety critical networks and sensitive geographic locations such as nuclear sites and bases. military.
The involvement of the Chinese technology company in the British 5G network is believed to have caused tensions between the United States and the United Kingdom in recent months.
Numerous prominent figures on conservative backbenches have also raised concerns.
Critics fear that allowing Huawei to build the network would bring infrastructure control to Beijing.
It is also feared that, with the company’s close ties to the Chinese government, the equipment may be used for espionage, which the company has always denied.
A spokesman for Huawei told the Sunday Telegraph: “Huawei is the most controlled supplier in the world and we firmly believe that our unparalleled transparency in the UK means that we can continue to trust us to play a role in the British gigabit update.
“It is important to focus on the facts and not to speculate at the moment.”
Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson said it would be able to replace all Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G network if the British government decided to ban the Chinese company.
In a interview with Sky News last week, the company’s president for Europe, Arun Bansal, said that Ericsson has not lobbied for his Chinese rival to be banned, but would be able to meet demand if he were.
“Ericsson is not described as a high-risk provider,” Bansal told Sky News.