LONDON: The United Kingdom’s newly-elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an interview with a TV news channel said that the country’s people deserve the best technology.
On the backdrop of Chinese Huawei’s 5G backdoor apprehensions, Johnson also said that he would not take security risk while allowing networks to upgrade to the next generation of technology.
“The British public deserves to have access to the best possible technology. We want to put in gigabit broadband for everybody. Now, if people oppose one brand or another then they have to tell us what is the alternative,” Johnson told BBC Breakfast.
In an apparent indication, the British premier is expected castoff pressure from the United States President Donald J. Trump who has been relentlessly advocating the UK, and other European and Asian countries including India to shun Huawei despite any evidence.
Johnson is likely to take a decision on whether to allow the technology major with at least non-core network elements into the British 5G-based communications network.
However, some of the UK telecom experts say that a multi-vendor approach in addition to Huawei gear’s non-core parts could be potentially safe to operate with necessary scrutiny.
Last week, Andrew Parker, the chief of MI5 said that there was no reason to think that Huawei technology would threaten intelligence sharing with the US.
Johnson aims to allow 5G rollouts to most parts of the country by 2027.
Huawei currently holds a maximum number of 5G patents and offers cost-effective innovative technology solutions to transform and upgrade telecom carriers’ networks into next-generation systems.
Recently, India has allowed the Chinese network provider to run pilot programs with telecom service operators.
Last month, Huawei has refuted claims that Chinese state support drove the company’s growth.
Meanwhile, the company’s founder Ren Zhengfei expects that Huawei would grow by at least 10% in 2020, and despite the US blacklist, it has bagged a maximum number of 5G deals worldwide.