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UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology

Guardian Technology 30 Jun 2020 07:04
Oliver Dowden told members of a defence select committee that a review of Huawei’s role in the 5G network was nearing completion. Photograph: James Veysey/Rex/Shutterstock

The government may be close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology, the culture secretary has hinted by saying US sanctions appear likely to affect the Chinese company.

Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising Huawei that an emergency review ordered last month was close to running its course and that a change in policy would probably be necessary.

“Given that those sanctions are targeted at 5G and [are] extensive, it is likely to have an impact on the viability of Huawei as a provider for the 5G network,” the cabinet minister told MPs on Tuesday.

The work is being undertaken by the National Cyber Security Centre, an arm of GCHQ, which was asked in May by Downing Street to examine the effect of a proposed ban on supplying US semiconductors and software to Huawei.

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