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Huawei: 5G

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL429, tabled on 14 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of remarks by senior officials in the United States that adopting Huawei technology in the UK's 5G network presents a security risk.

Answered on

22 January 2020

The security of the UK’s telecoms networks is of paramount importance. The Government has undertaken a comprehensive review of the telecoms supply chain to ensure the security and resilience of 5G and fibre in the UK. The Review, published in July, set out the Government’s priorities for the future of telecommunications and proposed the introduction of a new, strengthened security framework for telecoms

The Review also considered the use of high risk vendors in UK telecoms networks. High risk vendors never have been and never will be in the UK’s most sensitive networks. A decision on the use of high risk vendors in the UK telecoms networks will be made in due course following a robust assessment of the risks

The UK is not considering options that would put at risk the UK’s national security or intelligence sharing. The Government continues to work closely with the US and other international partners on the issue of telecoms security.