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NCSC to Carry Out New Review of Huawei’s Involvement in 5G Networks

Ross Kelly

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A new review will be launched by the UK Government to assess the influence of Huawei’s involvement in British 5G networks.

The review, led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will examine the use of Huawei equipment in Britain’s critical infrastructure and follows a difficult two weeks for the Chinese telecoms giant.

Earlier this month, the US Government announced further sanctions to restrict the company’s ability to acquire materials and equipment.

Huawei was ‘blacklisted’ by the US Government last year, prohibiting American manufacturers from supplying the tech giant unless they were granted a specific license.

However, the latest raft sanctions mean chipmakers using American equipment are barred from supplying the company.

A spokesperson for the NCSC told BBC News: “The security and resilience of our networks is of paramount importance.

“Following the US announcement of additional sanctions against Huawei, the NCSC is looking carefully at any impact they could have on the UK’s networks.”

In January this year, Huawei was granted permission from the UK Government to assist in the development of 5G networks.

This agreement limited the Chinese firm to providing no more than 35% of the kit in any given network and prohibited it from supplying equipment to parts of a network deemed “sensitive”.

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Huawei has criticised the UK Government’s decision to launch a fresh review, with the company’s Vice President, Victor Zhang, citing its “proven track record”.

“The government decided in January to approve our part in the 5G rollout, because Britain needs the best possible technologies, more choice, innovation and more suppliers, all of which means more secure and more resilient networks,” Zhang said.

“As a private company, 100% owned by employees, which has operated in the UK for 20 years, our priority has been to help mobile and broadband companies keep Britain connected, which in this current health crisis has been more vital than ever. This is our proven track record.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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