BT, O2 and Vodafone ‘exploit’ delays in security review to use Huawei in Britain

It looks like we’ll have Huawei at the core no matter what the government eventually decides…:

British telecoms companies have been accused of exploiting delays in a Whitehall review of 5G networks to install Chinese kit that could pose a security risk.

Critics have raised concerns about equipment from Huawei, the Chinese technology company, amid fears that it poses espionage and sabotage threats.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is leading a review of the supply chain that will underpin Britain’s next-generation mobile network. Part of the inquiry involves investigating the risk posed by foreign technology vendors including Huawei. Its decision on whether to impose a total or partial ban on Huawei kit has been pushed back.

The Times can reveal that in the absence of iron-clad rules, four British telecoms companies have pressed ahead with laying down Huawei equipment in 5G networks. This involves large amounts of equipment in installations such as mobile phone masts, although the network operators have not disclosed the value of their contracts with the Chinese company.

BT and its subsidiary EE are also using Huawei equipment in “core” parts of their 4G network that are also being used for 5G provision, although this will be replaced.


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