Cyber-security experts have said that risks can be managed, regarding the prospective involvement of Chinese tech giant, Huawai in Britain’s telecom undertakings.
The stance of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre has been frowned upon in the US, where the business and political elite are not keen on the idea of a Chinese cyber firm being a part of an ally’s 5G communications infrastructure.
Currently, Huawei is accused of being used by the Chinese government as a mechanism for spying on other countries – allegations that the multinational electronics manufacturer denies.
Huawei is banned from supplying equipment for forthcoming 5G mobile broadband networks in Australia, New Zealand and in the States, while Canada is undecided as to whether a threat really exists.
In Britain, major mobile companies such as Vodafone, EE and Three are in collaboration with Huawei as they push forward with 5G network development. The National Cyber Security Centre – part of GCHQ intelligence – will contribute to the final decision on whether or not Huawei technology can be trusted.
While the decision won’t be made public until the spring, the National Cyber Security Centre has spoken off its “unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security.”
As reported by the BBC, a spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which in charge of the review into the developing telecommunication landscape, said that analysis was “ongoing,” adding:
“No decisions have been taken and any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate.”
Telecom firm, BT has already divulged that it is currently removing Huawei’s technology from core elements of its 3G and 4G mobile operations, and that the firm will play no role at the centre of the burgeoning 5G infrastructure.
The White House claims that there is potential for Huawei to use spying technology to listen in on discussions taking place on the 5G network, which is predicted to offer download and browsing speeds of between 10 and 20 times faster than on 4G systems.
US experts highlight laws passed in China recently, which oblige organisations to “support, co-operate with and collaborate in national intelligence work.” That Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfai, was a former engineer in China’s army and joined the Communist Party in 1978, is adding fuel to critics’ fire.
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