Huawei: UK’s evidence-based decision good for more advanced and secure telecoms infrastructure
Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation to allow it to participate in the country’s 5G rollout.
Victor Zhang, Vice-President, Huawei, said in a statement: “This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market.”
The British government said on Tuesday it will allow Huawei to build the country's next generation of super-fast wireless networks, despite the US’ threats that permitting Huawei equipment could undermine trade and intelligence ties with the US.
Zhang said Huawei has a strong track record of supplying cutting-edge technology to telecoms operators in the UK for more than 15 years. It will continue with “supporting customers as they invest in their 5G networks, boosting economic growth and helping the UK continue to compete globally”.
The clear cyber security record of Huawei has been recognised by two parliamentary committees in the UK, a country with the toughest oversight of the industry in the world, and the views of pre-eminent intelligence officials, all of whom agree there is no technical reason for excluding Huawei from the UK’s 5G network.
The British government has full access to evaluate Huawei’s products through the Huawei Cyber Security and Evaluation Centre, opened in the country in 2010. The oversight board of the facility is chaired by the CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, with members from government including government communications headquarters, as well as the UK telecommunications sector.
Zhang added that Huawei agrees a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology.
Dexter Thillien, a senior TMT analyst at Fitch Solutions, told CNBC: “Three is better than two,” he said. “If you ban Huawei, you have a choice between Ericsson and Nokia. You lack competition.”
A study by Mobile UK shows excluding Huawei would cost the UK economy £7 billion and result in more expensive 5G networks, raising prices for anyone with a mobile device.
Across the EU, no government has imposed an outright ban on Huawei. Operators warn that banning Huawei may add years of delays and billions in costs to European countries’ 5G network launch.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week diversification is crucial to ensuring a country's security in the rollout of 5G mobile technology, and shunning one supplier altogether risks being counterproductive.
Zhang said Huawei’s focus will remain on supplying its customers with secure, reliable equipment so it maintains their support and continues to help create jobs and prosperity in the UK.
Huawei stimulated a £1.7 billion contribution to UK GDP in 2018 alone, according to a research by Oxford Economics.