Huawei (Picture: PA).
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Huawei In 5G: Where Do Other Five Eyes Countries Stand?

A brief look at the Five Eyes and where they stand on Huawei being involved in 5G technology rollout in the UK.

Huawei (Picture: PA).

The UK's decision to allow Chinese firm Huawei have a limited role in the UK's 5G network sets it apart from its key intelligence-sharing allies.

It follows fears that the Chinese state could put pressure on Huawei to share information on the UK's 5G communications.

Huawei has always denied it would pose any security risk and its vice president has said the company is "reassured" by the UK's decision. 

Who Are The Five Eyes?

The Five Eyes alliance, which was formed in 1946, is made up of five English-speaking nations which have an agreement to share security information.

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States are the countries that form the alliance.

 

What Is The Stance Of Other Five Eyes Countries On Huawei In 5G?

The US, Australia and New Zealand have already blocked the Chinese firm, while Canada has yet to reveal where it stands.

In 2019, the US placed trade restrictions on Huawei, blocking American companies from doing business with it, and has called for its allies to ban the Chinese firm from their 5G networks.

The US has said using Huawei represents a security risk because of allegations the company has ties to the Chinese state and could be forced to spy on people through its telecoms equipment – something Huawei has strongly denied.

Countries in the Five Eyes alliance share security information with each other (Picture: Crown Copyright).

Australia has followed the United States’ lead and blocked Huawei from being a part of its 5G networks.

When it announced the decision in 2018, the Australian government said the involvement of a company “likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government” presents too much of a risk.

New Zealand has taken a similar position because of what they called security risks.

Canada, however, is yet to announce its own verdict on the issue.

What Is 5G?

5G is a new generation of wireless mobile network which started being deployed worldwide in 2019.

The aim of 5G is to interconnect people, control machines, objects and devices.

5G network connection is expected to bring download speeds 10 times faster than what 4G currently offers.

Cover Image: Huawei were told they will play a limited role in the rollout of 5G in the UK (Picture: PA).