US Sanctions Have Increased Huawei Security Risk, Claims UK Reports

  • AUTHOR: anam
  • POSTED ON: July 8, 2020

The country is planning to ban the Chinese telecom giant!

The UK government may override their decision to permit Huawei as the 5G network provider in the country after the report claims that US sanctions will increase the security risk of the Chinese’s telecom giant.

A leaked report from the National Cyber Security Centre of GCHQ concluded that the penalties implemented on the operations of Huawei “will force the company to use untrusted technology that could increase the risk to the UK.”

Considering the increased security risk, the report may lead “Boris Johnson to abandon the company entirely,” reported by The Telegraph. The sources are also predicting that the UK prime minister would entirely phase out the Chinese tech giant later this year, though the exact date hasn’t been decided yet.

“We are considering the impact the US’ additional sanctions against Huawei could have on UK networks,” the UK government says in a statement. “This is an ongoing process and we will update further in due course.”

Earlier this year, despite the United States intense pressure, the UK government decided to act against it and made Huawei one of the suppliers of 5G network infrastructure in the country. Though, the tech giant was only to be utilized for “non-core” components of the 5G network, and only restricted to provide 35 percent of supply.

Johnson justified his decision and stated that the Huawei technology is majorly used in the British Communications networks, and there’s no other alternative currently available to Chinese technology.

“We are working closely with our customers to find ways of managing the proposed U.S. restrictions so the UK can maintain its current lead in 5G,” says Huawei VP Victor Zhang in a statement to a private news organization. “We believe it is too early to determine the impact of the proposed restrictions, which are not about security, but about market position.”

Updated July 8, 2020
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