Huawei urges UK government not to make 5G u-turn due to coronavirus

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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has recently stated that the UK needs to remain committed to its involvement in the nation’s 5G network, despite calls for the announcement to be reversed.

In January, the government approved a limited role for Huawei in building new data networks, however, in March, a backbench rebellion within the Conservative party signalled efforts to officially overturn the move.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the increased tensions between economic and national security issues between some of the world’s leading nations and China.

However, an open letter from Victor Zhang, Vice President, Huawei read: “In these unprecedented times, it is only by working together and strictly following the Government’s advice, will we beat a pandemic that threatens human and economic catastrophe. At Huawei we are focused on keeping Britain connected – the biggest contribution we can make to the UK’s national effort against coronavirus.

“Since Covid-19 first hit the UK, data usage has soared by 50% or more. Homes have become offices, friends and families now stay connected through video, and students access lessons on-line. This has placed significant pressure on telecoms systems.

“That’s why reliable mobile and broadband networks are crucial. During this pandemic our engineers – designated “essential” workers – are striving around the clock to keep Britain connected. We’re working with the likes of Vodafone, BT, EE and Three to keep businesses online and loved ones in touch. To support the effort, we’ve set up three new warehouses and are redistributing key spare parts around the country to ensure continuity of supply.”

He continued: “We have built trust in our UK business over 20 years by helping our customers – the mobile network operators – provide consumers with affordable, reliable calls and data. Despite this, there has been groundless criticism from some about Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G rollout. And there are those who choose to continue to attack us without presenting any evidence. Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice.

“Right now, by keeping Britain online, we are able to play our part in helping the country through this difficult period.”

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