United Kingdom mobile operators urge government clarification over Huawei


A Huawei executive was denounced as a "moral vacuum" in a heated United Kingdom parliamentary committee hearing Monday, as lawmakers repeatedly compared the Chinese technology company to Nazi Germany collaborators.

Major telecoms operators are urging the Government to clarify the UK's position on Chinese giant Huawei, claiming that uncertainty could harm Britain's chances of being a world leader in 5G.

In a draft letter to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill that was seen by the BBC, operators asked for an urgent meeting between industry leaders and the government to discuss their concerns.

Last week, a report by telecoms lobby group GSMA, which represents the interests of more than 750 mobile operators across Europe, revealed that a ban on Huawei would add £48.7bn (Dh227.6bn) to the cost of installing 5G networks in Europe and delay the technology by about 18 months.

The US, as well as Australia and New Zealand, has since barred local firms from using Huawei to provide the technology for their 5G networks. In fact, reports suggest that Huawei has signed 46 commercial contracts in 30 countries under which the company has shipped over 100,000 5G base stations.

The Government has since said no decision has yet been made over Huawei's presence in 5G networks. We have robust procedures in place to manage risks to national security and are committed to the highest possible security standards.

"I don't think we're complicit in anything, I believe that our objective is to understand the law and comply with the law, it's for others to make judgments", the UK Government's former chief IT adviser said.

The US government has already banned the use of Huawei technology after citing concerns that the company may present a security threat by allowing the Chinese government a way to snoop on critical infrastructure.

Huawei has found itself on the front line of the trade war between the U.S. and China.

Mr Suffolk faced intense questioning from the Science and Technology Committee about Huawei's ethics, over allegations the company supplies and assists the public security bureau in China's Xinjiang province, which has in turn been accused of surveillance and of human rights abuses.

The Shenzhen-headquartered firm, which is under massive weight after the USA issued the boycott cautioning that Huawei frameworks could be controlled by Beijing to keep an eye on different nations and upset basic, made the declaration on Thursday in a press explanation.