At present, the British government is yet to take a definite stance on whether to ban Huawei from taking an active part in building the country’s 5G infrastructure. A final decision by the British cabinet of senior ministers was due to have happened in recent times but stalled.
In the wake of that mobile operators in the country have lent in their voices, warning that a ban on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei could spell doom for the country’s role as a leader in mobile connectivity. Consequently, operators have also urged the government to urgently make its position known whether it would allow Huawei to bid for 5G contracts in Britain.
Similarly, BBC reports that China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming has warned the government of grave consequence should Huawei be blocked from taking part in Britain’s 5G network. Mr. Liu who painted the Chinese firm in good book warned that Chinese businesses planning to invest in Britain may be put off dealing with the UK in the case of Huawei is baned.
Mr. Liu added that shutting the doors on Huawei would “send a bad signal, not only on trade but on investment”. He added that giving Huawei the needed support will not only strengthen its over 7,000 workforce, but would also ensure a promising future on both sides.
Huawei’s global cybersecurity and privacy officer in his recent appearance before lawmakers maintained that its company was, and remains independent and would never undermine the safety of its equipment to satisfy demands from Beijing. In his words, the Exec said: “There are no laws in China that obligate us to work with the Chinese government.”