United Kingdom intelligence agency says Huawei 5G ban probably isn’t warranted

UK security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained

UK concludes using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk, report says

However, there's a government decision due around April to say whether or not Huawei will be barred from contributing equipment to the UK's 5G network.

Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, also a world leader in 5G technologies, has been accused by the USA of conducting espionage with its high-speed telecommunications systems. The government has long accused the firm of spying at the behest of China, and United States agencies past year warned Americans not to use Huawei or ZTE devices, else risk having their personal data stolen.

The British government has reportedly concluded that any risks from the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks can be mitigated.

Two sources the Financial Times cite claim the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) believes the country could manage any potential cybersecurity risks by requiring carriers to source their 5G networking equipment from a variety of suppliers, as well as restricting access to some parts of the country's future networks.

Despite today's reports, the official findings of the NCSC investigation may not be made public for some time, with a DCMS spokesperson telling the FT that the review of 5G security is "ongoing". That includes in the U.S. market, where Huawei is effectively shut out. No country in Europe, however, has issued a blanket veto on using Huawei technology in the way the USA has urged. Last month Meng, who is the daughter of the Huawei founder, was charged with wire fraud that violated USA sanctions on Iran.

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Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December and faces possible extradition to the US.

Spokesmen for the US Trade Representative's office, which is leading the talks, and the US Treasury, which leads currency policy, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The report doesn't offer any further details, and an official review from the United Kingdom government - which will likely be strongly influenced by the NCSC's findings - is expected in March or April.

While NCSC did not directly comment on the FT report, it reiterated earlier concerns about Huawei's engineering and security capabilities. "The two sides will also discuss China's pledge to purchase a substantial amount of goods and services from the United States", the White House said in a statement issued late on Monday.

If he does not extend the timeframe, the U.S. is set to more than double punitive import tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

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