The United Kingdom (UK) has proposed allying with 10 democratic countries to reduce their reliance on China for crucial 5G wireless technology
The UK has approached US Capital Washington about creating a club of nations that would include the Group of Seven nations plus Australia and South Korea.
The move was inspired by concerns over the dominance of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and is designed to funnel public finances in advanced wireless research toward businesses that are based within those 10 countries.
The U.K. government had recommended Huawei’s participation in its 5G network, but later capped the company’s network share at 35% following anger from the US government, which has battled China over the Chinese tech company’s increasing dominance in the global wireless industry.
It emerged that Downing Street was drafting up plans to entirely remove Huawei’s telecoms equipment from British networks by 2023.
Ministers in the UK are considering preventing network operators from procuring Huawei equipment from 2023, rather than forcing them to rip out and replace their existing Huawei kit entirely.
On the back of concerns about Chinese state access to British data, Conservative MPs mounted a parliamentary resistance in March, almost defeating the government in a critical vote on network expansion. Those concerns are echoed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who confirmed that soon that a new inquiry will examine Huawei’s UK operation.
It was reported earlier that The Chinese Tech Giant Huawei has lost billions of its users after the loss of Google has obliterated sales outside China. Moreover, Tech Giant Huawei knows full well that to recover any ground in its international consumer sales it needs to either restore Google or deliver on its promise of a home-grown alternative.