UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement - newspaper report

UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement - newspaper report

Reuters  | May 23, 2020 00:50

UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement - newspaper report

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's involvement in Britain's 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported https://

Johnson has asked officials to make plans to reduce China's involvement in British infrastructure to zero by 2023, the newspaper reported late on Friday.

Johnson is expected to use less reliance on China as a means to boost trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Britain's departure from the European Union, according to the newspaper.

Downing Street declined to comment. Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier on Friday, The Times reported that Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end Britain's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports.

Beijing is being criticised for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China. Beijing denies U.S. allegations it has not been transparent about the outbreak.

"He (Johnson) still wants a relationship with China but the Huawei deal is going to be significantly scaled back. Officials have been instructed to come up with a plan to reduce Huawei's involvement as quickly as possible," a source was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

The development would be a change of direction for Britain, which in late April confirmed it would allow Huawei to have a role in building its 5G phone network.

Britain decided in January to allow Huawei into what the government said were non-sensitive parts of the network, capping its involvement at 35%.

© Reuters. Britain's PM Johnson opens Hidden Harms Summit from London

The United States has raised security concerns about Huawei equipment, and warned that allies that use it in their networks risked being cut off from valuable intelligence sharing feeds.

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Kamil Dejek
Kamil Dejek

Dude boris u dont think on ur iwn. Let me ask u , docyou have more chinese tourist spending or usa one in London or even studying ?   ... (Read More)

May 24, 2020 12:33 GMT· Reply
David Hawley
David Hawley

No it isnt...its because of pressure from Trump. And he'd better do as Trump says or he won't get a trade deal.  ... (Read More)

May 22, 2020 21:25 GMT· 5 · Reply
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