British security officials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite U.S. allegations the Chinese firm and its products could be used by Beijing for spying, people with knowledge of the matter said. Sarah Charlton reports.
Sources told Reuters Monday (February 18) that the UK has concluded there’s no need to ban the Chinese telecoms firm from building phone networks there.
It’s already shut out of public contracts in the US, and Washington has been pushing allies to follow suit.
Australia, New Zealand and Japan have effectively banned the company. Several European countries are considering action.
But a favourable UK ruling could sway opinion. The country’s intelligence agencies are widely respected, and have close links to U.S. spies.
Now, sources say the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre will take a nuanced approach.
A source put it this way to Reuters: “We don’t favour a complete ban. It’s not that simple”.
The latest reports come as countries around the world start planning for next-generation mobile phone services. So-called 5G networks will allow massive increases in mobile data.
On Monday, the UK prime minister’s office said a review of 5G security measures was ongoing.
A report from the Cyber Security Centre due in the coming weeks.