Britain Allows Huawei To Help Build New 5G Network
This latest decision comes as a blow to the United States, which has worked effortlessly towards trying to get countries to ban Huawei equipment from the infrastructure of new 5G wireless networks.
The U.S. claims that the tech giant has close ties to China’s communist government. Such ties make it plausible, according to the Trump Administration, that equipment provided by Huawei could be used to gain access to sensitive data of other countries.
Meanwhile, as the U.S. tries to get other countries to avoid Huawei, China has threatened economic consequences if countries follow the U.S.’ suggestions.
“This is a U.K.-specific solution for U.K.-specific reasons and the decision deals with the challenges we face right now,” said Nicky Morgan, the secretary for digital, culture, media and sport.
Despite allowing Huawei to take part in building Britain’s 5G network, no company will have more than 35% market share of this new network. This rule allows for competition to be maintained amongst companies such as, Nokia and Samsung.
“Huawei is reassured by the U.K. government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G rollout on track,” Victor Zhang, Huawei’s vice president said.