LONDON: The United Kingdom (UK) has finally approved the Chinese gear maker Huawei into the country’s fifth-generation (5G)-based networks, snubbing US President Donald J Trump who has been doing intense lobbying against the telecom technology giant.
The UK National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday allowed Huawei to deploy equipment excluding core network elements with a rider of 35% market share in the country.
With more countries eyeing Huawei’s gear on the back of technological advantage, network readiness and cost efficiency, Trump is expected to be further isolated since countries such as Australia and New Zealand, part of Five Eyes alliance, might rethink their decision.
Boris Johnson, Britain’s newly-elected Prime Minister, earlier said that he would take a conscious call on Huawei’s equipment following unfounded backdoor apprehensions.
Last year, the UK mobile carriers Vodafone and EE have already unveiled their next-generation networks with Huawei Technology’s peripheral elements. Most of the telecom service providers including those in Britain favour Huawei gear with a precautionary approach.
One of the executives of UK-based BT Group that operates in more than 150 countries said that a multi-vendor approach could deter security-related apprehensions among service providers and state agencies. However, it said that it would pull core parts supplied from the Chinese company.
Washington has lately issued an advisory to many countries citing backdoor in Chinese gear maker, a claim denied by Huawei, suggesting to enter a no-backdoor deal with operators and governments worldwide.
Last year, the Huawei issue has escalated into a full-blown trade war between the US and China.
The European Union (EU) is also expected to unveil a roadmap permitting Huawei with similar conditions. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton Tuesday said that the bloc would come out with rigid security measures instead of an absolute ban.
The development is likely to boost Huawei’s fortunate worldwide with more markets are expected to follow the UK’s decision.
Earlier, Germany has too indicated that it would adopt stricter ways to ensure foolproof network security.
“We are putting up a catalogue of extended stringent security requirements. Anyone who wants to be involved must adhere to it,” German government’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said.
In April last year, Belgium’s center for cybersecurity has found no evidence on spying against Huawei’s equipment.
In January 2019, the US Department of Justice charged Huawei, its chief financial officer (CFO) and two associated firms for stealing trade secrets, conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud, and flouting US sanctions on Iran.