The United Kingdom says that the risk concerning the Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei is manageable. The country also has no evidence for espionage by the group. This means that the United Kingdom is opposed to statements by the United States, one of its most important intelligence partners.
The United States is trying to convince European allies not to use equipment from the Chinese telecom manufacturer in their future 5G networks. The US says, without providing concrete evidence, that China uses the equipment for espionage.
The United Kingdom is part of the Five Eyes: five countries that exchange information closely. In addition to the United Kingdom, the Five Eyes consists of the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand announced on Monday that it would reconsider its position regarding Huawei.
Ciaran Martin, the head of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), says Wednesday that the United Kingdom has yet to make a decision about the security policy on 5G networks. He also said that Huawei equipment is subjected to strict controls.
“I would be obliged to report evidence of espionage by Huawei,” Martin said when the US provided evidence for espionage by or through Huawei.