British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to give Chinese Huawei access to the future 5G network in the UK, despite fears of espionage.
The decision by Boris Johnson in support of the decision, Teresa May, former British Prime Minister, which raised the crisis of the Council of Ministers, according to The Sunday Times.
According to the newspaper, high-level government sources and security services sources: The UK is moving towards a decision that would allow Huawei to access the non-sensitive parts of the network.
The move could put the UK on a collision course with the US, which has banned Huawei because of fears it is close to Chinese intelligence agencies.
The British National Security Council is due to make a final decision this week on allowing Chinese technology giant Huawei to supply the UK’s new 5G data networks.
The secret group of senior ministers and security officials should meet after preliminary discussions recommended that the controversial company be excluded from key aspects of the network.
British government workers expect the prime minister’s team to support a decision to allow the company to provide non-essential parts, such as antennas, to high-speed mobile Internet infrastructure.
While there was little detail about what that meant, previous reports suggested that these would be areas where the potential harm to Chinese surveillance, if any, would be limited.
The previous meeting on Huawei caused a storm in the cabinet after former prime minister Theresa May sacked Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson for leaking details of the meeting to the media.
The White House urged allies to avoid the company, accusing it of spying, a charge the Chinese company repeatedly denies, but Germany said last week it would give Huawei access to networks.
Previous leaks have suggested that the UK’s four major carriers – EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone – are using Huawei equipment in their 5G networks.
While telecom operators are aware of concerns that China may ask Huawei to use its equipment to spy on specific targets in the UK, companies have strong business incentives to adopt Huawei equipment.
This may help them build more diverse and less likely networks to fail directly, and force telecoms giants like Ericsson and Nokia to offer more competitive rates.