Recently, the U.S. administration conducted a large public campaign to try and convince other nations not to participate deploying 5G equipment made by telecom giant Huawei. In the meantime, Huawei has been approved to continue with the U.K. and its 5G technologies.
The U.K. is confronted with the pressure of losing intelligence sharing with the U.S. just to continue with Huawei services for 5G.
The U.K. has several reasons to continue with Huawei, especially since their equipment has been used for 10+ years in their telecom networks without any real issues. If the U.K. were to ban Huawei, they would need to reconfigure the existing 5G networks. That decision would come at a large expense and cause a delay for 5G deployment. As per the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center, Huawei’s participation with 5G would be controllable and would be allowed to provide 35% of the parts of the network.
As the U.K. continues with its judgment of Huawei without making a full decision, espionage concerns have the U.S. going against Huawei. The U.S. made it clear they lack trust towards Huawei, and in the end, the U.K. must make their final decision and possibly lose a huge ally or continue with the 5G rollout and Huawei.