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United Kingdom concludes using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk, report says

United Kingdom concludes using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk, report says”

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".

"Other nations can make the argument that if the British are confident of mitigation against national security threats then they can also reassure their publics and the US administration that they are acting in a prudent manner in continuing to allow their telecommunications service providers to use Chinese components as long as they take the kinds of precautions recommended by the British", the source told the newspaper.

If true, the report goes against continued warnings from the USA concerning the threat posed by Huawei to Western nations.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims.

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Some security analysts argue that a Huawei role in 5G could give it access to a wide range of digital data gleaned from how, when and where Canadian customers use their electronic devices.

Still, three of Canada's partners in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group - the United States, Australia and New Zealand - have forbidden the use of Huawei products in 5G network development, though the USA ban is limited to government agencies - at least for now.

Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, also a world leader in 5G technologies, has been accused by the USA of conducting espionage with its high-speed telecommunications systems.

One source told the Financial Times the NCSC findings, which are yet to be made public, would "carry great weight" among European leaders, as Huawei's future there is debated. The U.S. has accused her of fraud and violating global sanctions against Iran, which she and Huawei have both denied.

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With a Poland-based Huawei executive already charged on espionage offences, and the company's Chief Financial Officer (and daughter of the boss) Meng Wanzhou in custody in the United States, it is getting increasingly hard for Huawei to plead innocence, whether it is or not.

"China has not and will not require companies or individuals to collect or provide foreign countries' information for the Chinese government by installing backdoors or other actions that violate local laws", said Geng.

The report, which quotes two unnamed NCSC sources, notes that the body believes there are ways to ensure the UK's infrastructure is protected, months after a government study suggested Huawei's processes didn't offer enough oversight.

The United States has not, however, released evidence to support its accusations that Huawei and other Chinese tech companies allow the Chinese government to spy through their systems.

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While NCSC did not directly comment on the FT report, it reiterated earlier concerns about Huawei's engineering and security capabilities.



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