UK can mitigate risks from using Huawei’s 5G equipment

The argument that if Britain is okay with using Huawei’s 5G equipment means its alright for other countries to use may not gel very well since one man’s meat is another man’s poison.

In a development that bodes well for China’s Huawei, the Financial Times has reported citing two sources familiar with the conclusion of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the British government has decided it can mitigate the risks arising from the usage of Huawei’s 5G equipment.

The conclusion reached by Britain is likely to “carry great weight” with European leaders, reported the FT.

“Other nations can make the argument that if the British are confident of mitigation against national security threats then they can also reassure their publics and the U.S. administration that they are acting in a prudent manner in continuing to allow their telecommunications service providers to use Chinese components as long as they take the kinds of precautions recommended by the British,” said the source in the FT report.

The United States has accused Huawei and ZTE Corp of being fronts for the Chinese government and that its equipment is essentially a trojan horse for Chinese intelligence.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims.

Earlier this month, the chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence service said Britain should avoid relying on a monopoly provider of equipment in new 5G mobile networks, but that there were no easy answers to concerns about using Huawei.

“As was made clear in July’s HCSEC (Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre) oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei’s engineering and security capabilities. We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make. The latest Annual HCSEC report will be published in the near future”, said the NCSC in a statement.

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