MPs disappointed at slow progress on high risk vendors

10 September 2019

The Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, Norman Lamb MP, has responded to correspondence received from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport regarding the Telecoms Supply Chain Review.

Chair's comments

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:

“While I welcome the Government’s response to our findings, it is very disappointing that there is still no decision on high risk vendors. The continued delay will only prolong uncertainty for network operators, risking the UK’s position as a leader for 5G deployment.

“Following our evidence session earlier this year, my Committee concluded that there are no technical grounds for excluding Huawei entirely from the UK’s 5G or other telecommunications networks.

“However, we felt 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.”

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