British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson aims to reduce the role of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in the UK's 5G network, two British newspapers claimed.
According The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, the head of the conservative government asked his administration to prepare a project to "reduce to zero" the participation of Huawei "between now and 2023" in UK 5G infrastructure.
Questioned by the AFPDowning Street declined to comment.
At the end of January, the British government gave the green light to Huawei's participation, foreseeing a limited participation in non-strategic infrastructures, with a market share limited to 35%.
The two newspapers emphasize that Boris Johnson faces mounting concerns on this issue from his own conservative ranks, in a climate of mistrust towards China., accused of lack of transparency in its management of the crisis of the new coronavirus, which spread throughout the world from the city China from Wuhan.
The decision of London, at the beginning of the year, generated "disappointment" in Washington, which continues to denounce the risk it represents, according to the administration of Donald Trump, the Chinese giant.
The United States suspects Huawei of spying for Beijing, which the group denies, and is doing its best, along with its allies, to block it in the 5G market.
The North American government has insisted that European countries and telecommunications operators exclude the Chinese company Huawei from all levels of 5G networks and not only from the most sensitive cores of those systems.
"You have to protect yourself in all parts of the network," he said in statements to the press. Robert Strayer, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communication and Cyber Communication. "We cannot put our important information at risk of being accessed by the Chinese Communist Party (...) Huawei is really operating on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party ”he warned.
In addition, the senior US official considered that European governments should "put pressure" on operators so that there are only reliable providers in 5G networks, and stressed that the weight of that decision It "should not" fall on the telecommunications companies but on the national authorities.
Strayer closed a visit to Spain in February in which he met with senior officials from the Foreign and Economy ministries, as well as regulators and telecommunications operators, in order to insist on Washington's message. about the potential danger of Huawei, as well as the also Chinese ZTE.
In recent months, several European operators such as Telefónica or Vodafone have announced that will gradually withdraw the presence of Huawei equipment from the critical cores of 5G networks, in order to have several providers of that infrastructure.
However, Strayer underlined the position of the US Government that the least sensitive areas of the networks (called "edge" on a technical level) they are also a focus of "potential vulnerability".
In this sense, he stressed that the risk is not only in the most sensitive cores of 5G networks but in all those infrastructures.
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