British PM Boris Johnson's 5G decision is going to anger the Trump administration

British PM Boris Johnson's 5G decision is going to anger the Trump administration
Last week, a delegation from the U.S. visited Britain with evidence that supposedly showed why the country should heed U.S. warnings and refrain from using Huawei's networking gear in its 5G networks. The U.S. has warned its allies not to use Huawei's equipment because of a law in China that allows the government to demand that the company gather intelligence on its behalf. This law has led U.S. officials to push a conspiracy theory that Huawei's products contain a backdoor that sends purloined information to Beijing. Huawei has denied that such a backdoor exists and none has ever been found.

Japan and Australia heeded the warnings from the states while Germany did not. And Britain has been grappling with the issue. During their recent visit, the aforementioned U.S. officials told their British counterparts that allowing Huawei equipment in their 5G networks would be "nothing short of madness." The Guardian reports that Sir Mark Lyall Grant, former Prime Minister Theresa May’s national security adviser, believes that current Prime Minister Boris Johnson is leaning toward allowing Huawei equipment to be used in Britain's 5G networks. Sir Mark says that the country's security services came to the conclusion years ago that it would be able to handle any potential threats caused by the use of this equipment.

BT and Vodafone support the use of Huawei's equipment in the country's 5G network.


The former national security adviser told The Observer that "This has been gone into now by three different administrations, and I think the outcome is quite likely to be the same – that the intelligence agencies are expressing confidence that they can sufficiently mitigate any potential security threat to allow Huawei to continue to provide at least the non-core telecommunications equipment for 5G rollout. The government has developed an oversight mechanism that they are confident will work. Combine that with the fact that Huawei has more advanced technology than the alternatives, I think it is relatively likely that Boris Johnson will come to the same conclusion." Last week, Prime Minister Johnson rhetorically asked British critics of Huawei what alternatives the country has.


BT and Vodafone, two British wireless providers, are said to be drafting a letter to the Prime Minister explaining why they support the use of Huawei's equipment in the country's 5G networks. The carriers say that they have seen no evidence that justifies a total ban. And Victor Zhang, a Huawei executive, says that there is "no justification" for banning Huawei because of rumored cybersecurity threats. Zhang said, "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. Giving Huawei the go-ahead to continue supplying equipment will mean telecom companies have access to the best technology and the breadth of suppliers they need to build secure, resilient and reliable networks." The executive added that "Two UK parliamentary committees concluded there is no technical reason to ban us from supplying 5G equipment and this week the head of (security service) MI5 said there is 'no reason to think' the UK’s intelligence-sharing relationship with the U.S. would be harmed if Britain continued to use Huawei technology."

5G is the next generation of wireless connectivity and will deliver faster download data speeds (for now, up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE) that will support the creation of new technologies and industries. Developed nations throughout the world are in the process of building out their 5G networks. Huawei is the largest networking equipment company in the world and is supplying its gear for many of these projects. Thanks to its partnership with China's state-run bank, Huawei can offer its customers special financing terms that its rivals like Nokia and Ericsson can't match.

Last year, there was speculation that the Trump administration was looking at a way to provide Nokia and Ericsson with access to U.S. funds allowing them to offer potential customers the same generous terms that Huawei does.

A final decision on whether Prime Minister Johnson will allow Huawei's equipment to be used in Britain's 5G networks is expected to be announced before the end of the month.

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11 Comments

6. freetech

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2020

Very few countries heed Trump’s warnings about Huawei spying for US is not credible since US has the largest spy agencies in the world! Huawei has the best 5G technology in the world with the cheapest price which in turn leads to cheapest 5G connectivity to consumers.

3. D34ever

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

I'd like to see more countries telling Trump to "shove it".

5. freetech

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2020

Shame shame on Trump, Pompeo, Rubio et al. Unable to compete with Huawei, America uses scare tactics to incessantly demonize Huawei about unfounded threats of back door spying when the truth is CIA, NSA are the main spies for America. Double standards smack of hypocrisy.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facts. Absolutely agree with you. This is what I’ve said before.

2. Venom

Posts: 4116; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The saying goes you get what you pay for.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

And getting what countries pay for should they choose Huawei is not only the most cost effective 5G solution, but the most innovative as well. That’s money well spent.

12. htcisthebest

Posts: 440; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

You trolling from America? Wake up and stop being brainwashed by CNN news!

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

You must be referring to the guy above.

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

I also believe that Britain will use Huawei to build out its 5G networks. There has yet to be any proof supplied by any question that Huawei has spied. Only speculation and fear mongering, especially and predominantly by the U.S. government.

13. BoostedSRT

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2020

It's not fear mongering. Huawei can't be trusted. Maybe you should do some research. It was only last year that they were caught stealing a robotic arm from T-Mobile.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s absolutely fear mongering. I’ve done my research. Not one country has been able to provide any evidence that Huawei has spies or any real proof that Huawei is in bed with the Chinese government. It’s you that needs to do your research. Apple has stolen IP from several other entities. Does that mean they can’t be trusted? By the way, your first post and you’re a member as of 18 minutes ago? I smell an alt-account user.

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