UK Parliament wants to have another look at the 5G security decision

The UK government’s decision to allow Huawei to have a limited role in UK 5G networks is being queried by Parliament, which has opened a public inquiry.

“Concerns have been raised in Parliament, relevant industries, academia and by the press regarding the use of equipment in 5G networks that has been supplied by foreign companies, focussing on Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei,” said the announcement of the inquiry by the defence sub-committee.

“There are concerns about the security standards of Huawei equipment in general, the extent to which Chinese law could compel the company to assist the State’s intelligence services, coupled with broader ethical and ideological concerns about the growing global presence of Chinese technology companies.”

Not mentioned is our institutional fear of upsetting US President Trump too much, which is probably the underlying reason behind this move. Quite a few parliamentarians, including those in the governing Conservative party, have been wailing and gnashing their teeth at the decision not to ban Huawei entirely, despite our own experts advising that any risk can be managed. The inquiry is open for a month for interested parties to offer their ten cents.

Huawei was restrained in its response, but couldn’t help querying why yet another review of the 5G security situation was needed. “Over the last 18 months, the government and two parliamentary committees have conducted detailed assessments of the facts and concluded there is no reason to ban Huawei from supplying 5G equipment on cyber security grounds,” said Huawei VP Victor Zhang.

“We have been operating in Britain for nearly 20 years, and played a vital role in the development and delivery of 3G and 4G for people across the UK. Cyber security requires high and common standards across the telecoms industry, which Huawei has always supported. Creating a 5G Britain rightly requires scrutiny and we will work with the Select Committee to address their questions in the coming months.”

UK Parliament seems to be reserving the right to overrule UK experts and the government if enough people object to the decision. This is in keeping with a modern trend towards litigating governmental decisions if you don’t like them. Ultimately this is a political move, however, designed to create the impression to the Americans that we’re taking their constant moaning seriously. Expect that to reach a new pitch if this inquiry doesn’t result in the total ban the US is demanding.

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  1. Avatar Bob Delgado 09/03/2020 @ 5:08 pm

    It is a fact that Huawei equipments are not safe. It is easy to resend data to China and open it. China secret agencies and army can use the data against western countries.

    • Avatar Sam Cheng 10/03/2020 @ 12:08 pm

      Our government don’t do anythings like so-called Western democracy country ,spying and Rob the world if the five eye countries don’t trust my China than stop begging us to do business with you people

  2. Avatar Hue 10/03/2020 @ 9:47 am

    Do not believe community party.

  3. Avatar Barry Inman 10/03/2020 @ 12:41 pm

    Careful! The wording and slant in your reporting of the Huawei/uk infra story now looks increasingly biased! DO not confuse the rantings and shallowness of Trump with the intent and non-alignment with brutal global non-compliance by the Chinese state and Its puppets (Huawei specifically) over the recent twenty years in particular. I personally have over forty years of telecom experience in global markets and predicted (fully supported in the forming if my opinions by bly supported by the conducting of product and intellectual- property pirating and pillaging.
    DO NOT use editorial license and heresay to report the widespread and dangerous control- infiltration by the Chinese state. They have powerfully developed ways of using democratisation to power their position and positioning. In conclusion it is a mistake to parallel Trump with China and Huawei.
    If you wish a deeper discussion feel free to call me. I here significantly more depth than your researchers who provide the material for your ongoing attempt to take flippant and biased views into editorials

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 10/03/2020 @ 12:43 pm

      I’ll do what I want Bazza, but thanks for the top tips.

  4. Avatar Dean Taylor 11/03/2020 @ 5:13 am

    Losers always do not have the guts to face the reality and challenges. Thinking about Huawei engineers have been working for more than 15hrs a day while Ericsson/Nokia engineers use almost 1/3 of their working time of just 6hrs everyday to enjoy their coffee time, Huawei’s successful story is not happened one night.
    Lazy European is falling, wake up! You are being data colonized and controlled by USA. Don’t waste your time to diss Huawei, Europe should have your own Google, Facebook and Amazon! That’s the most important part you should really worry about!

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