UK intelligence chief: Which country 5G technology comes from is not the most important thing

During yesterday’s meeting at the UK’s National Security Council, where the use of Huawei technology in the UK’s 5G network, it was decided that infrastructure from Chinese companies might be allowed in some parts of the future network. There are two unnamed security sources who told this to Daily Telegraph, quoted by Reuters.

According to sources, only Huawei is allowed to be involved in building the non-central part of the 5G network. Antenna is mentioned as an example.

Against the will of the United States

Despite the restrictions, the decision, if true, is somewhat surprising given Britain’s close relationship with the United States on the intelligence side through Five Eyes cooperation. The US has reportedly warned allied countries against using Huawei technology in 5G networks because the company is Chinese.

When Easter is reported Time that the CIA had provided evidence to British authorities that Huawei had received financial support from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, China’s National Security Commission and other branches of China’s state intelligence network.

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Secondary factor

The director of UK signal intelligence services GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Jeremy Fleming, discussed the choice of UK 5G providers in a lecture during the CYBERUK 2019 security conference yesterday.

The origin flag for 5G equipment is important, but it is a secondary factor.

Jeremy Fleming

– Like many countries, the UK is looking for the right 5G security policy approach. The process was led by the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, Flemming said.

– The role of GCHQ and NCSC (National Cyber ​​Security Center, journal. Note) has provided objective technology expert input for security assessments around 5G. When we analyze a company’s suitability to supply equipment to the UK telecommunications network, we look for risks that may arise from the company’s security processes and technology, as well as how this technology is used in our national telecommunications network. The origin flag for 5G equipment is important, but it’s a secondary factor, Fleming stressed.

According to Fleming, the UK’s decision on Huawei and 5G will be officially announced by Culture Minister Jeremy Wright.

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