Britain to make Huawei decision on 5G by the autumn - digital minister


Posted at Aug 27 2019 06:17 PM

People visit a newly opened Huawei store in Xian, Shaanxi province, China August 22, 2019. Picture taken August 22, 2019. Stringer via Reuters

LONDON - Britain will make a decision on whether to allow China's Huawei equipment to be used in its 5G networks in the autumn, the digital minister Nicky Morgan said.

"We will make the right decision for the UK. I would hope we could do something by the autumn," Morgan told BBC radio, referring to the season that runs in Britain from mid September to December.

"We've got to make sure that this is going to be a decision for the long term, making sure that we keep all our networks secure." 

Huawei is a key theme in a broader, year-long US-China trade war, with Washington slapping it with the trade ban in May citing national security risks. Huawei, however, posted a 23 percent revenue jump in the first half, helped by strong smartphone sales in its home market.