United Kingdom concludes it can mitigate risk from Huawei equipment use in 5G

The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government is still reviewing its policies on the safety of 5G networks, and that "no decisions have been taken".

And in a potential blow to the United States claims, British media reported that the country's intelligence agencies have found it is possible to limit the risks of using Chinese-made networks.

It has also removed Huawei from its plans for a major upgrade to the United Kingdom emergency services network based on the new technology.

Whatever risk Huawei's work on national 5G infrastructure may bring, it can be managed and mitigated, the UK's top security body has said.

The company has said it is open to supervision from the European Union if it helps assure governments, and has openly invited concerned stakeholders to come and see for themselves what Huawei is and isn't doing.

"Whether such an approach can prevail in Canada in the face of USA pressure is the question for us, as it is for Britain and Europe", Wark said Monday.

China's government accused Washington on Monday of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said tech giant Huawei and other telecom equipment suppliers are a security threat.

Huawei has declared that it is owned by its employees, not the Chinese government, and its technology has already been used for parts of the 4G mobile network.

Last month Ms Meng, who is the daughter of the Huawei founder, was charged with wire fraud that violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. Huawei did get another round of bad publicity in December 2018, when the company CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on suspicion of bank fraud.

The claim, which could provide quite the boost for Huawei if true, hasn't exactly been confirmed by the UK NCSC, but they've not denied the comments either. It will be up to the country's government to decide whether to take the NCSC's advice on board. The National Cyber Security Centre said this summer that it had concerns about the engineering and security of Huawei's networks.

  • David Armstrong