Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that it can continue working with its customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track.
The UK government will allow Huawei to play a limited role in supplying the country’s 5G networks.
The government said the package of restrictions being announced on “high risk” 5G vendors will allow it to “mitigate the potential risk posed by the supply chain and to combat the range of threats, whether cybercriminals, or state-sponsored attacks”.
The U.K. government said that Huawei will be restricted from being involved in “sensitive functions” in a network of features labelled as “core.”
“This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market,” Victor Zhang, Vice-President, Huawei, said in a statement on Tuesday
“We have supplied cutting-edge technology to telecoms operators in the UK for more than 15 years. We will build on this strong track record, supporting our customers as they invest in their 5G networks, boosting economic growth and helping the UK continue to compete globally,” he explained.
“We agree a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology.”
Huawei Statement Regarding UK 5G Decision from Victor Zhang, Vice-President, Huawei. pic.twitter.com/PGyvJN1Vns
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Several of the biggest UK operators carriers have already begun rolling out 5G and have chosen Huawei as their Radio Access Network (RAN) provider.