UK Report believes that US Sanctions Make Huawei more of a Security Risk

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The UK may rethink its decision to allow Huawei to be its supplier for 5G network buildout due to security concerns around the Chinese telecoms company. 

A UK report concluded that the US’s sanctions that aim to restrict the ability of the Chinese telecom company to source advanced microchips for 5G equipment might have a major impact on the reliability of the supplier. 

In January, the UK granted Huawei a limited part in its future 5G networks. The Chinese telecom company was only to be used for “non-core” elements of the country’s 5G network and would have been limited to providing only 35% of supply. Yet, since May, when the US measures over Huawei were announced, the officials from the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK have studied the impact these measures. 

Thus, the report from the NCSC has concluded that the restrictions that have been imposed by the US would impact Huawei’s operations as the company would be forced to use untrusted technology that might increase the risk to the UK. 

Will the UK phase out Huawei?

As the sanctions from the US are aiming to cut off Huawei’s access to semiconductors made with US equipment, there are raising fears that the company will be forced to use a new and alternative technology, which may come with new security risks. 

According to Bloomberg, a source reported that Boris Johnson is preparing to give up on Huawei’s 5G tech in the course of this year. However, there is still no word on the exact moment when this will happen. 

US national security advisers put pressure on the UK earlier this year to drop their intentions of making Huawei a supplier for its 5G technology. The security advisers pointed out that allowing Huawei to be part of the country’s 5G network would be like giving China access to the most personal and intimate details of people in the UK. However, despite the pressure from the US, the UK didn’t give up to its plans of making Huawei a supplier for its 5G network. 

Now, it seems that not everybody believes that Boris Johnson should immediately phase out of Huawei’s 5G tech. One Whitehall official believes that the impact of the US’s sanctions is like no other security problem that the Chinese company faced before. However, the official also stressed that the new measures would only affect the latest equipment so the UK network operators shouldn’t immediately rip out and replace the Huawei kit that is already in use. 

The UK may rethink its decision to allow Huawei to be its supplier for 5G network buildout due to security concerns around the Chinese telecoms company. 

A UK report concluded that the US’s sanctions that aim to restrict the ability of the Chinese telecom company to source advanced microchips for 5G equipment might have a major impact on the reliability of the supplier. 

In January, the UK granted Huawei a limited part in its future 5G networks. The Chinese telecom company was only to be used for “non-core” elements of the country’s 5G network and would have been limited to providing only 35% of supply. Yet, since May, when the US measures over Huawei were announced, the officials from the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK have studied the impact these measures. 

Thus, the report from the NCSC has concluded that the restrictions that have been imposed by the US would impact Huawei’s operations as the company would be forced to use untrusted technology that might increase the risk to the UK. 

Will the UK phase out Huawei?

As the sanctions from the US are aiming to cut off Huawei’s access to semiconductors made with US equipment, there are raising fears that the company will be forced to use a new and alternative technology, which may come with new security risks. 

According to Bloomberg, a source reported that Boris Johnson is preparing to give up on Huawei’s 5G tech in the course of this year. However, there is still no word on the exact moment when this will happen. 

US national security advisers put pressure on the UK earlier this year to drop their intentions of making Huawei a supplier for its 5G technology. The security advisers pointed out that allowing Huawei to be part of the country’s 5G network would be like giving China access to the most personal and intimate details of people in the UK. However, despite the pressure from the US, the UK didn’t give up to its plans of making Huawei a supplier for its 5G network. 

Now, it seems that not everybody believes that Boris Johnson should immediately phase out of Huawei’s 5G tech. One Whitehall official believes that the impact of the US’s sanctions is like no other security problem that the Chinese company faced before. However, the official also stressed that the new measures would only affect the latest equipment so the UK network operators shouldn’t immediately rip out and replace the Huawei kit that is already in use. 

The UK may rethink its decision to allow Huawei to be its supplier for 5G network buildout due to security concerns around the Chinese telecoms company. 

A UK report concluded that the US’s sanctions that aim to restrict the ability of the Chinese telecom company to source advanced microchips for 5G equipment might have a major impact on the reliability of the supplier. 

In January, the UK granted Huawei a limited part in its future 5G networks. The Chinese telecom company was only to be used for “non-core” elements of the country’s 5G network and would have been limited to providing only 35% of supply. Yet, since May, when the US measures over Huawei were announced, the officials from the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK have studied the impact these measures. 

Thus, the report from the NCSC has concluded that the restrictions that have been imposed by the US would impact Huawei’s operations as the company would be forced to use untrusted technology that might increase the risk to the UK. 

Will the UK phase out Huawei?

As the sanctions from the US are aiming to cut off Huawei’s access to semiconductors made with US equipment, there are raising fears that the company will be forced to use a new and alternative technology, which may come with new security risks. 

According to Bloomberg, a source reported that Boris Johnson is preparing to give up on Huawei’s 5G tech in the course of this year. However, there is still no word on the exact moment when this will happen. 

US national security advisers put pressure on the UK earlier this year to drop their intentions of making Huawei a supplier for its 5G technology. The security advisers pointed out that allowing Huawei to be part of the country’s 5G network would be like giving China access to the most personal and intimate details of people in the UK. However, despite the pressure from the US, the UK didn’t give up to its plans of making Huawei a supplier for its 5G network. 

Now, it seems that not everybody believes that Boris Johnson should immediately phase out of Huawei’s 5G tech. One Whitehall official believes that the impact of the US’s sanctions is like no other security problem that the Chinese company faced before. However, the official also stressed that the new measures would only affect the latest equipment so the UK network operators shouldn’t immediately rip out and replace the Huawei kit that is already in use. 

In a statement for Bloomberg, Huawei VP Victor Zhang noted that the company is working closely with its customers to figure out ways to manage the restriction that US imposed in order to help the UK maintain its current position in 5G technology. Also, he mentioned that it is too early to determine the impact the measures will have, noting that the restrictions are not about security but rather about the market position.