5G Network to be 'No More than Half Huawei'

By Holly Brockwell on at

There's been a lot of talk about how much of a role Huawei is going to be allowed in the UK's 5G network, and it sounds like the government has come to a decision.

According to the Telegraph, it's looking like Huawei will be allowed to contribute to networks' 5G equipment, but only up to 50%. That's a decent step up for the company from the possibility of a total ban.

The compromise will likely be good news for the networks, because Huawei is one of the biggest and most affordable suppliers of networking equipment in the world, and being able to use its products will make the job of rolling out 5G substantially easier.

With only half of any given network's kit coming from Huawei, the UK can maintain diversity of supply and make sure we still have service if anything does go wrong with the Chinese company.

Huawei is currently embroiled in a lengthy spat with the US, in which the country has been trying to extradite its staff, has repeatedly cited serious concerns about national security, and started legal proceedings.

For its part, Huawei is reportedly considering suing the US right back, poked fun at them by bringing up the whole Edward Snowden thing, and claimed the country just isn't that important.

Now now, children.

Meanwhile, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has stated that any risk can be managed, and Germany has said it'll likely let Huawei bid for 5G contracts after an investigation found no evidence that Huawei was leaking data to China.

According to Techradar, mobile industry leaders said at Mobile World Congress that banning Huawei network equipment "would significantly delay the rollout of 5G in the UK," and no one wants that.