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UK disagrees with US decision to ban Huawei 5G Network

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By Prince Osuagwu
THE United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre, NCSC, has said Huawei’s network equipment are not a threat to its security. This is despite restrictions in the United States on Huawei’s 5G network equipment and allegations that Chinese manufacturers are spying on the West.

The centre also added that any potential risk posed from using the company’s equipment can be easily mitigated.
UK Financial Times reported the NCSC has ruled out a blanket ban, but hasn’t formally settled on what to do in response to the US’s persuasion to ban the use of Huawei equipment.

Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, in an interview with the BBC, stated categorically that “the US cannot crush Huawei.”
In a previous report by the Bloomberg, Ren had stated that despite the potential impact of the US plot on the business, he was confident Huawei’s revenue would grow to $125 billion in 2019 from more than $100 billion last year.

Speaking on the NCSC findings regarding the safety of Huawei’s equipment, Ren reiterated the fact that many of UK’s mobile companies, including Vodafone, EE and Three, are working with Huawei to develop their 5G networks.

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Ren added that “Huawei will invest even more in the UK because if the US doesn’t trust us, then we will shift our investment from the US to the UK on an even bigger scale.

Huawei is considered a global leader when it comes to telecoms equipment, and is one of only a few true suppliers of 5G.
The ban may have heightened the alleged trade dispute between the United States and China which has disrupted the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars of goods.

Recall that last year, Reuters reported that President Donald Trump was considering an executive order for 2019 to declare a national emergency that would bar US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE.

Huawei has repeatedly denied any involvement in allegations of spying, stating that it would not be in the company’s interest to do so.
It also stated that doing so would cause the company to lose image, brand equity and the current position in the international market.

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