BT, Vodafone to lobby United Kingdom govt over use of Huawei 5G technology

UK's BT, Vodafone may seek PM Johnson's support for Huawei

Huawei has denied that such a backdoor exists and none has ever been found. And Britain has been grappling with the issue.

Considering the strong concerns shared by U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies on the risks posed by Chinese telecommunications equipment, I hope that you will promptly reject Huawei's inclusion in any aspect of the United Kingdom's 5G introduction and development.

The United States has warned the British government that "it would be insane to use Huawei technology" and senior Washington officials have repeatedly said that the Trump administration will reassess intelligence sharing with the United Kingdom at the light of such a decision.

Lyall Grant told the Observer, "This has now been reviewed by three different jurisdictions, and I think the result is most likely the same - that the intelligence agencies are expressing confidence that they can sufficiently mitigate any security threat potential to allow Huawei to continue to supply at least telecommunications equipment not essential for the deployment of 5G". The government has developed an oversight mechanism which they are confident will work. He added that Huawei's 5G technology was more advanced than that of rival suppliers, and that it was "relatively likely" that Prime Minister Johnson would approve Huawei's 5G network involvement.

"After looking at the facts, we hope the government agrees - so that our customers can keep the UK's 5G roll-out on track and meet the prime minister's promise of gigabit connectivity for all", he said.

Industry sources told the broadcaster that neither Vodafone nor BT have seen any evidence that would justify banning Huawei.

Last night, a senior Huawei executive, Victor Zhang, said there was simply "no justification" for banning the company on cyber security grounds. In November 2019, the House of Representatives approved the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (HR.4998) which provided up to $1 billion in funding to help rural carriers now using Huawei and ZTE gear posing a risk to national security. The president and his administration cited yet-unverified claims that Huawei could help the Chinese government spy on other countries and companies who use its devices.

The Trump administration went after Huawei - the world's No. 1 supplier of telecom equipment and No. 2 phone manufacturer - a year ago amid the escalating trade war with China.

The bosses of the two FTSE 100-constiuents will write a letter to Boris Johnson in support of Huawei's involvement in the 5G mobile network upgrade in the United Kingdom, according to Sky News.

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