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Curbs on Huawei likely over China


ChINa’S huawei is likely to face fur­ther re­stric­tions on its work in the UK amid con­cerns Bei­jing could ‘press a but­ton and turn off’ crit­i­cal dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture, a cy­ber-se­cu­rity ex­pert has warned.

Ian Levy, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre (NCSC), said of­fi­cials were con­cerned about pos­si­ble Chi­nese gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence in the tele­coms giant’s af­fairs.

The UK is re­view­ing rules un­der which firms can sup­ply equip­ment for the roll-out of so-called 5G mo­bile tech­nol­ogy due to se­cu­rity fears.

Levy told the FT: ‘The thing we care about the most is avail­abil­ity of the net­works. Can some­one in Bei­jing press a but­ton and turn off ev­ery piece of huawei kit and what does that mean for the UK net­works? That’s the num­ber one con­cern.’

Last week New Zealand be­came the lat­est Bri­tish ally to bar huawei from tak­ing part in the roll­out of 5G. It is joined by the US and aus­tralia, with the UK and Canada yet to make a de­ci­sion.

huawei re­jects claims its busi­nesses in West­ern coun­tries could be spied on.

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