Philip Jansen, the Chief Executive Officer of BT has urged the UK government not to move too fast to ban Huawei Technologies from the nations 5G network, cautioning that there could be outages and security issues if it did.
- British telecoms giant BT urges the UK government not to move too quickly in barring Huawei Technologies from the 5G network
- The CEO of the company states that moving too quickly could cause outages and even security risks
- Growing bewilderment across the UK at how certain companies have become omnipresent in vital infrastructure projects
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to decide this week whether to impose tougher restrictions on Huawei, after intense pressure from the United States to ban the Chinese telecoms behemoth from Western 5G networks.
Mr Johnson in January defied President Donald Trump and granted China’s Huawei Technologies a limited role in the 5G network, but the perception that China did not tell the whole truth over the coronavirus crisis and a row over Hong Kong has changed the mood in London.
“If you are to try not to have Huawei at all, ideally we would want seven years and we could probably do it in five,” Jansen told BBC radio.
Asked what the risks would be if telecoms operators were told to do it in less than five years, Jansen said: “We need to make sure that any change of direction does not lead to more risk in the short term.”
“If we get to a situation where things need to go very, very fast, then you are into a situation where potentially service for 24 million BT Group mobile customers is put into question – outages,” he said.
In what some have compared to the Cold War antagonism with the Soviet Union, the US is worried that 5G dominance is a milestone towards Chinese technological supremacy that could define the geopolitics of the 21st century.
The US says Huawei Technologies is an agent of the Chinese Communist State and cannot be trusted.
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, has said the United States wants to frustrate its growth because no company in the United States could offer the same range of tech at a competitive price.
Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge. Editing by William James and David Milliken.