British security at risk with Huawei technology

The products of the Chinese company have technical flaws that put the UK Internet network at risk. The British government has banned the use of China’s 5G. Germany, France and Italy are moving in the same direction. The number of countries distancing themselves from the Chinese company under US pressure is growing.


London (AsiaNews) – Huawei products used in British telephone and Internet networks have numerous technical flaws, this according to a recent report by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre Oversight Board, a UK government agency that monitors the Chinese telecom giant on behalf of UK intelligence.

British intelligence has already forced Huawei Technologies to fix flaws in its products that could have put national security at risk. However, the repairs revealed other technical issues that the Chinese company was unable to solve.

The assessment concerns Huawei technology already in use in the United Kingdom, especially the one that supports the 4G internet network.

For the Chinese company it is another blow after coming in the crosshairs of the Trump administration, which accuses it of spying on behalf of China.

For some time, Washington has put pressure on many countries that had considered buying the Chinese 5G system.

In July, after the United States imposed sanctions on states and companies doing business with Huawei, the British government decided to exclude the Chinese giant from developing the UK’s high-speed network.

At first, London had opted for an intermediate line, allowing the Chinese to supply some products for its future 5G system.

Europe is ostensibly joining the United States. At the end of August, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Huawei will not be excluded a priori from the tenders for the 5G network, but his country will favour European operators – Ericsson and Nokia – for security reasons.

According to press reports, Germany is set to do the same, with restrictions on the use of Chinese technology.

Italy has not banned Huawei's internet systems either, but the Italian government has special powers to block 5G supplies from non-European companies.

In July, Italy’s telecom Tim excluded Huawei from a tender for the construction of its broadband infrastructure in Italy and Brazil.

Elsewhere in the world, Japan, Taiwan and Australia have banned Huawei from their 5G systems.

New Zealand is moving in the same direction, as is Canada, which plans to develop the ultra-fast broadband network with the help of European companies.

Singapore's main phone companies will also not buy Huawei's 5G technology, choosing Nokia and Ericsson instead.

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