Huawei May Yet Get Booted Out of the UK's 5G Market

By Gary Cutlack on at

The mood in various high security rooms around the world appears to be swinging against Huawei once more, as renewed international pressure to get the Chinese firm locked out of future 5G network builds seems to be paying off.

The latest swing against Huawei's participation in our networks is being spearheaded by US president Trump, who's using his time in front of world leaders to tell them to dump the hardware maker because of reasons someone told him and he pretends to understand. Our own local version of Trump seems to be crumbling under this pressure too, with UK PM Boris Johnson looking like he's siding with the US in taking a harder line on Huawei; primarily because allowing the Chinese firm in could leave the UK locked out of security arrangements with the US.

Johnson spoke about the issue after this week's Nato summit, when he said: "I don't want this country to be hostile to investment from overseas. On the other hand, we cannot prejudice our vital national security interests nor can we prejudice our ability to cooperate with other Five Eyes security partners. That will be the key criterion that informs our decision about Huawei."

The Five Eyes thing is a shared international intelligence agency in which Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK work together to pool various surveillance resources and, if you believe Edward Snowden, evade the laws of its base countries in doing so. Getting kicked out of it would be quite the embarrassment for the UK, but then we are sort of used to world-stage shaming nowadays, so maybe it won't matter. [Guardian]