SECOND Chinese telecom giant poses 5G security risk to Britain
CHINA’S ambitions in Britain go far beyond the CGTN channel.
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is the frontrunner for a lucrative contract to provide equipment for Britain’s new 5G mobile networks – despite experts warning that the potential for espionage is too great to ignore.
Bids running into billions of pounds for the contracts to construct the new networks will be submitted next year and Huawei is the leading candidate.
In a rare public speech last week, MI6 chief Alex Younger warned Britain about the dangers of ‘Chinese ownership of these technologies and these platforms’.
The US, Australia and New Zealand have all taken action to stop Chinese companies installing 5G equipment. And just days ago, a senior Huawei executive was arrested over a US fraud probe.
But in Britain, Huawei’s equipment is already at the heart of the telecoms network.
MPs on the Intelligence and Security Committee concluded there is a ‘disconnect’ between British policy on foreign direct investment and national security.