Boris Johnson gives green light for Huawei 5G infrastructure role
Tue 28 Jan 2020 12.01 GMT
The Chinese tech firm Huawei has been designated a “high-risk vendor” but will be given the opportunity to build non-core elements of Britain’s 5G network, the government has announced.
The company will be banned from the “core”, of the 5G network, and from operating at sensitive sites such as nuclear and military facilities, and its share of the market will be capped at 35%.
“We are clear-eyed about the challenge posed by Huawei, which we today confirm is a high-risk vendor,” said a Whitehall source.
But the source insisted a “market failure” meant there was little alternative in the short term.
Officials feared banning the provider could have delayed 5G rollout by two to three years, increased the cost to consumers – and dented economic growth.