No technological reason to ban Huawei, say MPs

After an ongoing debate as to whether phone giant Huawei should be used in the UK as part of 5G, MPs have said there is no technological reason as to why the collaboration shouldn’t happen.

The MPs, who sit on the Science and Technology Committee, reviewed the security of the UK’s communication infrastructure to establish if allowing Huawei to be a part of 5G in the country would cause problems.

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP suggested that the committee had found no evidence that Huawei would be a threat to security.

Therefore, the telecoms company has won the right to collaborate with UK networks to build on its 5G networks.

Dispute with the US

The controversy came after the US claimed the Chinese company was being used by their government to spy on the west. Something which the phone giant has rigorously denied.

The US threatened to cut ties with anyone who collaborated with the company.

Lamb went on to reiterate in a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, that the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has stated “there was no such thing as a 100% secure system”.

Positives and negatives of the collaboration

In the letter, Lamb said: “The benefits of 5G are clear and the removal of Huawei from the current or future networks could cause significant delays”.

However, Lamb also warned that the UK government does need to take certain considerations when accepting the Chinese telecoms company into its tech community.

He added in the note: “We feel there may well be geopolitical or ethical considerations that the government need to take into account when deciding whether they should use Huawei’s equipment… The government also needs to consider whether the use of Huawei’s technology would jeopardise this country’s ongoing co-operation with our major allies.”


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