The UK government has allowed Huawei to participate in parts of the country’s 5G network rollout. This is a setback for the Trump administration, which is trying to persuade its allies to block Huawei. The decision was made on Tuesday (Jan. 28) after a National Security Council meeting, chaired by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to an official statement from Victor Zhang, Vice-President of Huawei, “Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track. This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market”, he remarked.
“We have supplied cutting-edge technology to telecoms operators in the UK for more than 15 years. We will build on this strong track record, supporting our customers as they invest in their 5G networks, boosting economic growth and helping the UK continue to compete globally”, continued Zhang.
The long-awaited decision goes against advice and pressure from the US to block the firm for security reasons; however, Prime Minister Johnson wants to ensure that Britain has access to front-line telecom equipment, essential for operating everything in the near future.
“We agree a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology”, he ended.
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