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Huawei shut out from scheme to see how 5G can link communities
Mark Sweney, Groon, Feb 20 2020
Huawei has been banned from participating in a £65m government scheme to explore how next-generation 5G technology can drive businesses and connect communities across the UK. The government set up the scheme last year, calling on businesses and communities to apply for funding to trial the vast potential of 5G technology. The first trials to receive funds include: exploring the use of the new technology to monitor the environment in North Yorkshire in an effort to develop an early warning system for flooding; experimenting with how 5G can help coastal search and rescue in Dorset; and testing how it can help the production of electric vehicles in a project led by Ford and Vodafone. However, the government, which announced on Thursday that its funding for the scheme would increase from £35m to £65m, said it would not award any funds to projects that aimed to involve the Chinese telecoms equipment group Huawei. Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said:

None of the winning projects, or future projects, will use equipment from high risk vendors.

Last month, the government, which has deemed Huawei to be a high-risk supplier because of its Chinese ownership, announced limits on the use of the firm’s equipment in the 5G networks being rolled out across the UK. The government has said Huawei is allowed to be involved in the non-core parts of the UK’s 5G network, the masts and towers, but with a 35% cap on use of the firm’s equipment. Huawei equipment is banned from use in the core of 5G mobile networks, where data is processed, and from sensitive locations such as those near nuclear sites and military bases. BT, which owns the mobile operator EE, said complying with the new regulations would cost it £500m as it stripped out and replaced Huawei equipment in its network over the next five years. Vodafone has said it will cost €200m (£169m) to comply across Europe, although in the UK it is already almost compliant. The government has committed to a total £200m investment in testbeds and trials across the UK to explore new ways 5G can be used, such as in farming, connectivity on trains, connecting rural communities, tourism and healthcare. Oliver Dowden, the DCMS secretary, said:

We’re determined to make the UK a world-leader in 5G and deliver on our promise to improve connections for people and businesses across the country. This includes seeing how it could create new jobs in the countryside, make businesses more productive and unleash even more ideas in our cutting-edge creative industries.

Pindostan ‘very concerned’ over Huawei’s role in UK 5G network
Dan Sabbagh, Mathilda Walters, Groon, Feb 19 2020

Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff has warned there could be “a direct and dramatic impact” on the sharing of intelligence between Pindostan and UK if Boris Johnson’s government goes ahead with allowing Huawei to supply equipment to build the British 5G mobile phone network. Mick Mulvaney’s remarks represent one of the most forceful warnings yet by senior Trump admin boxtops, who have repeatedly made clear their concerns about the British decision to allow the Chinese company to supply its technology. Speaking to an audience at the Oxford Union on the eve of a meeting he was due to have with Dominic Cummings and other British senior aides at Downing Street, Mulvaney said Pindostan was “very much concerned” about the issue. He told his audience at a behind-closed-doors event on Wednesday evening for student members of Oxford Union:

Our governments share a tremendous amount of security information. We are very much concerned that integrity of that information is hardwired into your computer systems, and if you folks go forward with the decision to include Huawei, it will have a direct and dramatic impact on our ability to share information with you. Period, end of story.

Mulvaney is due to come to Downing Street on Thursday for a meeting with Cummings, Johnson’s influential chief aide, and his direct counterpart, chief of staff Sir Edward Lister. Sources said that he was not expected to meet with Johnson himself, however. Pindostan has been trying to downplay the significance of the visit to London since news of it first leaked late last week, although pressure from the White House has remained high a month after the UK announced it would allow Huawei kit to be used in the new 5G network. In the past week Pompeo and Esper have both warned about Huawei, while Trump called the Pindo ambassador to Germany on Sunday night to pass on his concerns. Britain’s spy agencies believe that any surveillance risk from Huawei can be contained, and that they are familiar with the Chinese company’s technology, which has been used in both 3G and 4G networks, but Pindostan, often engaged in trade conflict with China, insists there is a security problem. Mulvaney is coming to London with Robert Blair, the White House’s Huawei envoy, who is expected to hold meetings with British experts and politicians concerned about the Chinese company. The critical meeting comes amid speculation that the White House wants the UK to commit to removing Huawei from British mobile phone networks in the near future, perhaps three to five years’ time, given that it is already a leading supplier to UK phone companies. The UK plan is to limit Huawei to a cap of 35% for each of the country’s four mobile phone operators, Vodafone, O2, EE and Three, although it will require the consent of parliament. Eliminating Huawei immediately would cost hundreds of millions more and would delay the rollout of 5G by a couple of years. Mulvaney arrived in Oxford, via Belfast where he had meetings with the DUP leader and Stormont first minister Arlene Foster, and with Michelle O’Neill, the deputy first minister from Sinn Féin, a day after meeting Irish PM Leo Varadkar. He claimed that had been his principal reason for visiting, saying in Oxford:

I introduced myself to some of the leaders in Northern Ireland so we can make sure that lines of communication would be open between Pindostan and Northern Ireland. My country has some ideas of honest broker that involve (the Republic of) Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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