UK greenlights Huawei's 5G plan despite security risks

The UK government's decision follows the revelation that Huawei has been receiving funding from Chinese state security after many months of speculation


Following months of debate and warnings over risks to national security, the UK government has approved Huawei's bid to help build the country's 5G network using "non-core" infrastructure such as antennas. The Chinese telecommunications giant's involvement will be limited, however, as it will be barred from being involved in building the most sensitive areas of the network.

The National Security Council which is chaired by UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave its permission to Huawei on April 23.

The news comes just days after it was discovered that the CIA had shared its findings that Huawei had been receiving funding from Chinese state security and follows months of worldwide debate on what role it should play in establishing national 5G networks. Australia, New Zealand and Japan all issued nationwide bans on Huawei as a wireless network provider as a result of the uncertainty, while Germany demanded the firm keep personal data safe.

The US has remained firm on its decision to bar Huawei's involvement in mobile networks, as it banned federal agencies from using Huawei equipment and encouraged its allies to cut ties with the company.

Huawei, which has denied any involvement in Chinese espionage, going as far as to threatening to sue the US government to clear its name, said it was awaiting the formal announcement regarding the UK's 5G plans, but that it was "pleased that the UK is continuing to take an evidence-based approach to its work".

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