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A decision on whether or not to allow the use of Huawei telecoms equipment in parts of Britain’s new 5G networks is not just technical – but also about behaviour, the Defence Secretary has said.
Ben Wallace was speaking at the defence and security arms fair DSEI, when he revealed the Government would publish a decision soon, but stopped short of providing a date.
Huawei has accused US authorities of attempting to break into its information systems and of trying to coerce its employees to gather information on the company.
The Chinese tech giant, which faces mounting American pressure including possible loss of access to US technology over accusations the company is a security risk, said in a statement that Washington has used “unscrupulous means” in recent months to disrupt its business.
Ahead of Eleni Sarla’s presentation at ad:tech London in September, Techerati sat down with the self-described culture vulture to discover how she is finding her new leadership role, why she decided to move from a media agency to an arts and entertainment specialist, and how technology is being used to heighten one-to-one cultural experiences.
5G is set to improve the smartphone experience, making it faster, smoother and more reliable with its high speeds and huge data capacity combined with low latency. However, 5G isn’t just about faster smartphones. Heralding a massive technological step up from 4G, 5G will have a far bigger impact for businesses than previous cellular network transitions.
The fate of Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network could be decided by the end of the year, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.
5G equipment made by the Chinese firm is currently subject to security concerns amid accusations of links to the Chinese government, which the company has denied.