Posted on February 25, 2019
GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming will give a rare speech on Monday emphasising the need for better cyber-security practices in the telecoms industry.
“It’s a hugely complex strategic challenge,” he will say.
The US is pressuring its allies to not use Chinese firm Huawei’s technology to build new 5G networks.
Its officials are concerned that China could be using Huawei products to spy on other countries.
Most of the UK’s mobile companies – Vodafone, EE and Three – have been working with Huawei on 5G, but they are awaiting the results of a government review, due in March or April, that will decide whether or not they’ll be allowed to go ahead.
In December, MI6 chief Alex Younger raised questions over China’s role in the UK tech sector, and a recent report from the Royal United Services Institute said it would be “naive” and “irresponsible” to allow Huawei access.
However, the National Cyber Security Centre – part of GCHQ – said last week any risk posed by the company could be managed.