British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted on Monday that the UK can use Chinese manufacturer Huawei for its new 5G telecommunications network while preserving national security, despite strong opposition from the United States.
The United States has excluded Huawei from the development of its new generation of mobile network accusing it of being under the control of Beijing, for which it might spy, which the company has denied.
Johnson is under pressure from Washington to also put aside the Chinese manufacturer, which the United Kingdom has already used in its previous networks.
Johnson said to journalists on Monday, “There is no reason why we should not have technological progress here in the United Kingdom, allow consumers, businesses in the United Kingdom to have access to fantastic technology, fantastic communications, but also protect our security interests and protect our key partnerships with other powers around the world.”
According to the Financial Times, in the face of opposition from the United States, British ministers are seeking to limit Huawei’s participation in the project. It has been widely speculated that the UK would allow Huawei to participate in “non-core” infrastructures of 5G networks, such as antennas and base stations attached to masts and roofs.