London, Apr 24 (GCBusiness) Theresa May government will restrict China’s Huawei Technologies from all core parts of the 5G network as the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment is feared to be a vehicle for Chinese spy operations.
The National Security Council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, agreed on Tuesday to allow Huawei limited access to help build parts of the network such as antennas and other ‘non-core’ infrastructure, Britan daily, The Telegraph reported.
The decision was taken after United States warned allies against the company, which is now under intense scrutiny.
Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “It was very difficult to make a distinction between the core and non-core in 5G due to the way the network is built.”
“It still raises concerns,” he told BBC Radio. “The definition of core and non-core is a very difficult one with 5G.”
“(5G) does change from a faster internet system into an internet system that can genuinely connect everything, and therefore the distinction between non-core and core is much harder to make.” The latest technology will offer much faster data speeds and become the foundation stone of many industries and networks, is a revolutionary technology, according to senior Western cyber experts.
In what some have compared to the Cold War arms race, the United States is worried that 5G dominance would give any global competitor such as China an advantage Washington is not ready to accept.