According to the Financial Times citing a source familiar with the matter, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has concluded that it’s possible to limit the risk of using Huawei’s 5G carrier equipment across the country.
The claim, which could provide quite the boost for Huawei if true, hasn’t exactly been confirmed by the UK NCSC, but they’ve not denied the comments either.
A spokesman for the NCSC told Mobile World Live that it has “unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber security”, acknowledging there are concerns around its equipment and it has set out improvements it “expects the company to make”.
The UK is expected to decide by March or April whether the Chinese vendor will be able to roll-out 5G equipment in the country.
If competent government oversight can mitigate the risk of non-specific national security concerns, allowing carriers the option to use lower cost, quality equipment in their 5G rollouts, the big winner is the consumer.
With Huawei expected to make a big showing at next week’s MWC 2019, we hope to learn more about the company’s plans both here and abroad.