Huawei: US 'to work with' United Kingdom over Chinese firm

Huawei: US 'to work with' United Kingdom over Chinese firm

The adoption of the toolbox is a latest step forward to address the 5G security concerns of the member states when the United States has been blasting Chinese telecom giant Huawei for hypothetical threat to cybersecurity.

Instead the United Kingdom said it will place restrictions on such suppliers - barring their kit from the "sensitive" "core" of 5G networks, as well as from certain strategic sites (such as military locations), and placing a 35% cap on such kit supplying the access network. While Huawei isn't specifically named, it's clearly the subject of the discussion.

The European Commission has endorsed a risk mitigation approach to managing 5G rollouts across the bloc - meaning there will be no pan-EU ban on Huawei.

It will be up to individual countries to decide what kind of equipment they use and how. The company has denied the allegations.

"We will build on this strong track record, supporting our customers as they invest in their 5G networks, boosting economic growth and helping the United Kingdom continue to compete globally", Zhang added.

While these guidelines may encourage some governments to restrict the participation of Huawei and other Chinese companies in parts of their next-generation broadband, they also leave room for interpretation and don't call for a de facto ban. And at most, only 35 percent of 5G or gigabit network traffic can pass through equipment manufactured by high-risk providers, and only 35 percent of cellular base stations can include equipment from those providers. They would, for example, help make possible "smart" robotic factories. "5G networks promise to transform our lives through the so-called 'internet of things.' Everything from domestic refrigerators to critical national infrastructure will be connected through near-instantaneous networks". We clear up some of the hype, from super-fast speed to the dream of driverless cars.

The EU's executive Commission on Wednesday recommended blocking high-risk suppliers from "critical and sensitive" parts of the network, . but no companies were mentioned by name.

Looking ahead, the European Union member states will now move towards implementing the guidelines, and they have until the end of April 2020 to take the first steps towards doing so. Some lawmakers fear the Huawei decision could compromise the transatlantic relationship just as Britain seeks to build on its links beyond Europe after Brexit, with a group of Conservative MPs threatening to vote against the government's 5G plans. "This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future", he said.

Pompeo also told reporters that the United States will "evaluate" the decision by the UK, though he acknowledged it was still "a little unclear precisely what they're going to permit and not permit".

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