Britain said Friday that it is pushing the United States to create a club from 10 countries that can develop its own 5G technology and reduce dependence on China’s controversial technology giant Huawei.
It is expected to be on display at the G7 summit on the subject that US President Donald Trump will host next month against the backdrop of a violent confrontation with China, exacerbated by a globally flawed game to spread the novel Nonavirus has been.
The UK has enabled the Chinese world leader in 5G technology to build up to 35 percent of the infrastructure required to expand its new Speedi data network.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reported by The Telegraph newspaper last week when he instructed officials to work out plans to exclude Huawei from the network by 2023 as a poor connection to China.
The Times newspaper said the UK is proposing a “D10” club of democratic partners that will unite the G7 countries with Australian and Asian technology leaders in South Korea and India.
One of the options is to invest in existing telecommunications companies in 10 Member States.
A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that the UK is turning to partners looking for an alternative to Huawei.
“We’re looking for new diversification players in the US and we’re talking to our partners about that,” said a Downing Street spokesman.
Nokia from Finland and Ericsson from Sweden are currently the only alternative options in Europe for the delivery of 5G devices such as antennas and relay masts.
“We need new entrants,” a UK government source told The Times.
“That’s why we chose Huawei at the time.”
Johnson confused Huawei’s decision to include Washington because the private Chinese company could either spy on western communications or shut down the British network on Beijing’s orders.
The United States has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Huawei that jeopardize the future of the UK 5G rollout.
According to Downing Street, the UK’s National Cyber Security Center investigated the impact of U.S. restrictions on Huawei’s immediate capacity to manufacture devices that Britain needed.
Beijing plans new security laws to impose a one-time British Hong Kong to end relations with Huawei and put Johnson under pressure.
London instigated Beijing on Thursday by providing 350,000 Hong Kong citizens with a passport for British nationals (overseas) that grants the right to transfer when new laws are introduced in the UK.
However, Johnson’s plan to remove Huawei entirely from the UK network could prove costly if his government looks for new business partners after Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Johnson asked his American critics in January to find an alternative to Huawei if he didn’t want Britain to use the Chinese company.