The spooks say the risks can be managed while the economic damage of removing Huawei would have been huge. New restrictions have been placed on the company but will they buy off the critics?
Purely from the perspective of UK plc, Boris Johnson has. The controversial company is already here in 4G, and the networks want that to remain so it can build on top of what already exists. Cutting it out would have proven ruinously expensive and time consuming.
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In the public mind 5G means faster browsing for a fee. But the applications go much further than that and the delay caused by Huawei’s departure could have caused the UK serious economic harm.
Already out of the sensitive network cores,
A limit of 35 per cent has been placed on how much it can supply to each network. Huawei will also be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites.
You can probably file those under “public relations”.
The limit? OK, but Huawei is still in. The ban near bases, sure, but again, Huawei is still in.
The US has been making a fuss because it fears the lines between the 5G periphery, where the ufabet company is allowed to operate, and the cores will, as this potentially revolutionary technology develops, blur.
The restrictions wouldn’t appear to do much to address those concerns, motivated as they are by politics and America’s rivalry with China. Ditto Johnson’s Tory critics.
The thing is, the UK’s intelligence community has said that while there are risks, they can be managed. Network operators will tell you much the same thing.