UK’s telecos face fines if they use high risk suppliers, like Huawei

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Britain’s telecoms firms may be fined up to 10% of earnings or 100,000 pounds per day should they contravene a ban on using equipment made by China’s Huawei under a new law that has been put forward.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will raise the security standards of the UK’s telecoms networks and remove the danger of high-risk vendors, the government said.

Britain in July made a decision to ban the use of Huawei from 5G networks from the conclusion of 2027 because of concerns that US sanctions on chip technology intended the Chinese company would not be a trusted supplier.

The bill intends to enshrine that choice in legislation and handle any risks from other high-risk sellers later on, with tough penalties for telecom businesses that break the rules.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden reported the advantages of 5G and fibre networks may only be realised if they had been resilient and secure.

Huawei said it was disappointed that the government was looking to exclude it in the roll-out of 5G.

“This decision is politically motivated and not based on a fair evaluation of the risks,” said Vice President Victor Zhang.

“It does not serve anyone’s best interests as it would move Britain into the digital slow lane and put at risk the Government’s levelling up agenda.”

The government said the tougher security standards in the bill would also help protect Britain from possible cyber attacks from nations and criminals.

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Regulator Ofcom is going to be given the obligation of assessing and monitoring the security of telecoms providers.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Paul Sandle in London. Editing by Matthew Lewis.

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