The British “Times” reported the news on the 27th by quoting an unnamed source from the British government: The British Prime Minister’s government has decided to support the decision of Theresa May (former British Prime Minister) to allow China’s Huawei to participate in the British 5G network.” target =”_blank”>5G network construction”. , The United States has been asking allies to ban Huawei on the grounds of “spy suspicion”, including the United Kingdom and Germany, but last week, Germany announced that it would not prohibit Huawei from participating in 5G construction.
According to The Times, several senior sources in the British administration and security department disclosed that the government is making a decision that will enable Huawei to participate in the “non-controversial” part of the UK’s 5G network. A source said: “In recent days, the conference on Huawei has been further held, and the views formed are the same as Teresa May, that is, let them (Huawei) participate in the non-controversial part of the network.” On April 23 this year, The National Security Council of the United Kingdom convened a meeting and decided to allow Huawei to “limited participation” in the construction of the UK’s 5G network. Supporters include then Prime Minister Theresa May and several ministers. A few hours later, this highly classified information was leaked to the media, causing huge controversy. The then Secretary of Defense of the United Kingdom Williamson was considered the source of the leak and was expelled by Theresa May.
The United Kingdom is considered to be the first country in the “Five Eyes Alliance” (the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), a Western intelligence organization led by the United States, that will explicitly reject the Huawei ban. Prior to the leak of “Huawei’s limited participation in 5G in the UK”, the United States launched a variety of lobbying activities, both hard and soft to force the British government to change its decision. According to The Times, Johnson said when he became prime minister in July that he wanted to take some time to make a decision on the Huawei issue after the United States actively engaged in lobbying activities.
According to the report, although the National Security Council has not yet made a formal decision, a security official said that it is expected that the decision on whether to allow Huawei to participate in the UK’s 5G network is expected to be made before Christmas (possibly in November). “According to current thinking, the United Kingdom will allow Huawei to help build 5G networks, but their operations will continue to be closely watched.” The Times said that cabinet ministers are expected to meet in the next five weeks to formalize the decision. .
“Johnson will have to handle any decision cautiously because it will upset U.S. President Trump and the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies.” According to the US technology website The Register, on October 10, British network operators and academics jointly reported to the British Parliament. Submit an opinion requesting that UK operators be allowed to use Huawei products to build 5G networks. Another technology website TechRadar reported on the 18th of this month that Open-Xchange, an open source office technology company, conducted a survey of British consumers that “British people would rather give up Facebook than Huawei”: 32% of respondents Expressed that they are willing to disable Facebook, and only 11% of respondents are willing to disable Huawei products.
But a senior source said that some of the technologies developed by Huawei are not available in the West. If it does not cooperate with Huawei, the UK may fall behind. “Western countries have no substitutes for these new technologies. The decision is the same. The reality is that if you don’t say yes, then you have no choice. The West has allowed Huawei to develop into an almost monopoly in this field.”