Boris Johnson's 5G Decision Doesn't Make US Happy

UK will let China's Huawei play a role in building network, despite spying fears
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2020 10:28 AM CST


The UK said Tuesday it will let the Chinese tech firm Huawei build part of its 5G network, and the US isn't happy about it. The White House, worried the company will use its access to spy for Beijing, had wanted Huawei blackballed from the job. Coverage:
  • Compromise: Boris Johnson's government says it will give Huawei only a "limited role" in the work, reports NPR. Specifically, it says none of the company's equipment will be used in "sensitive 'core' parts of 5G." The involvement of Huawei and other vendors deemed "high risk" will be capped at 35% in the non-sensitive portions, and they will be kept out of nuclear sites and military bases.
  • Not good enough: The White House is already pushing back, notes Politico. "The United States is disappointed by the UK’s decision," said an anonymous senior administration official in a statement. "There is no safe option for untrusted vendors to control any part of a 5G network."

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