Why UK plans to use Huawei tech in 5G networks despite US pressure A complex set of considerations will have informed the UK’s decision-making around 5G. Read more: https://zd.net/2GVpVWs Using equipment from Chinese telecoms company Huawei in the UK’s 5G networks could create risks that the country does not need to take, the former chief of MI6 has warned. Richard Dearlove said, in the forward to a report by the Henry Jackson Society thinktank, the fact that the UK government “now appears to have decided to place the development of some its most sensitive critical infrastructure in the hands of a company from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is deeply worrying”. Mobile operators are at the early stages of building out the 5G networks that will provide the bandwidth not just faster smartphone downloads but also, in future, a range of new services from smart cities and the Internet of Things to self-driving cars. It’s because of these new services that security has suddenly become a critical factor. The concern is not simply that hostile powers could snoop on data running over these networks but that they could even stop the services built on top from functioning smoothly. The US in particular has grown increasingly concerned that a Chinese company would be providing much of the technology for these networks. It banned Huawei from government contracts back in 2014 and has been putting pressure on allies to do the same. But last month a leak from the UK government suggested that… [Read full story]
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