News | Published April 24 2019

Government allows Huawei to assist with new UK 5G network

Huawei will help build the UK's new 5G network after plans received government approval yesterday.

The US warned the UK that the Chinese technology company posed a threat to national security.

It was agreed by the National Security Council, which is chaired by May, that Huawei will be able to help build parts and offer non-core infrastructure support, the Telegraph reported today.

Commons foreign affairs committee chair Tom Tugendhat said: "It is unwise to co-operate in an area of critical national infrastructure with a state that can at best be described as not always friendly."

The US had called on its Five Eyes intelligence alliance partners, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, to follow its example and ban Huawei from working on government networks.

Tugendhat added that the decision would erode the trust of the UK's Five Eyes partners.

A number of cabinet ministers including Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Liam Fox, Gavin Williamson and Penny Mordaunt were reported to have had doubts about the decision.

Huawei was banned from operating in Australia in August last year.

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William Winter
April 24 2019

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