Boris Johnson, UK’s Prime Minister on Tuesday has agreed to grant Huawei a minimal role in 5G mobile network of the country, over the frustrating attempt of United States to boycott the Chinese telecom giant from expanding in the West’s next-generation communications.
Johnson has said that high risk vendors like Huawei will only be allowed in the non-sensitive parts of 5G network. As involvement of these high risk companies will be rounded off at 35%, they will be debarred from the sensitive core, where the data is processed, and they will also be debarred from every critical location and network such as military bases and nuclear sites.
Canada is currently studying Britain’s decision, which had earlier isolated Huawei.
Johnson and Trump have spoken over the phone after the decision was declared publicly. The British government said that the Prime Minister has emphasized the importance of like-minded countries working towards expanding the market and breaking the dominance of smaller number of companies.
Trump’s administration official said before the call that there is no safer options for untrusted vendors to operate on any part of a 5G network. We are focused on working with the UK by excluding untrusted vendor components from 5G networks.
Britain’s decision was widely criticized by the U.S. congressional leaders as the powerful Republican Senator, Lindsay Graham said that the decision is likely to complicate the new trade agreement after Britain is expected to exit the European Union on January 31.
A British official said that boycotting Huawei would have hampered the introduction of 5G network and would have costed consumers more. The data speed and increased capacity of 5G is expected to lay foundation for numerous industries, thus bolstering the economic growth.