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Potential Huawei 5G deal questioned by Opposition

25 April 2019 (updated on 25 April 2019)

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The Government faces questions as leaked information indicates that Chinese tech giant Huawei will be approved to help build the UK's 5G network.

The media yesterday reported that Huawei would be allowed to build "non-core" components of the UK's 5G system.

5G is the next generation of mobile connectivity, offering improved speeds and better coverage in crowded areas.

Concerns have been raised over data security should Huawei be involved in the development of the UK's 5G network. The company have denied claims that they are controlled by the Chinese government, and that using their technology risks sabotage or espionage. UK allies including the US have lobbied for the exclusion of Huawei from networks.

Speaking for the Government, Jeremy Wright MP, The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that a review of the situation was ongoing, that Security Council advice must remain confidential, and that he would update the House when appropriate. He said:

"We welcome open trade and inward investment in our digital sectors, but at the same time, the UK's economy can only prosper when we and our international partners are assured that our critical national infrastructure remains safe and secure".

Responding for the Opposition, Jo Platt MP called the situation a "mess", saying:

"Huawei is a company known from multiple public reports from our security services to manufacture sub-optimal equipment."

She criticised the leak of information, and questioned the quality and security of Huawei's technologies.

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