SEC­OND Chi­nese tele­com gi­ant poses 5G se­cu­rity risk to Bri­tain

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

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.

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