or future rules pertaining to UK dealings with the World’s biggest technology supplier
While this Chinese tech giant faces bans in the USA, Japan, New Zealand & Australia, over fears that the Chinese government could use it’s systems to spy on other countries, it is now working with all 4 UK mobile networks to test it’s 5G wireless equipment.
The British National Cyber Security Centre has decided it can mitigate Huawei’s 5G security risks. Meanwhile, the US Government is trying to prevent American companies using Huawei’s routers and switches.
The tech giant, with its back against the wall, reportedly has agreed to UK Intelligence demands to address risks in it’s equipment and software. The company’s founder has strongly repudiated claims that it would use it’s equipment to spy on the West for his government saying he would sooner shut down the company.
Huawei’s CFO Sabrina Meng, daughter of company founder Ren Zheng Fei, is under arrest in Canada on a warrant executed by the US Justice Department for alleged contraventions of US rules on trade with Iran which Huawei strongly denies.
According to some, President Trump’s tweets over the last few days imply a more conciliatory tone in this affair. However, despite the numerous accusations and counter-accusations made, observers may wish to note three hard facts:
1 Britain’s MI6 Chief has said that the UK should avoid relying on a monopoly provider of equipment
2 Under the Chinese National Law, Huawei would have no choice in the matter and is mandated under the Constitution like all Chinese Companies and Nationals to provide all and any information the government in Beijing demands
3 While it may be stating the obvious, it’s worth remembering that not every single router, switcher or other piece of equipment provided by Huawei could ever be forensically tested
Quo vadis Mrs May?