By Larisa Brown, Defence And Security Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:01 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 8 October 2020
The introduction of the 5G network will open up the UK to security risks such as espionage, sabotage and system failures, MPs have warned.
The Commons defence committee said there would be a ‘greater surface for illicit actions’ as more devices are connected to the internet.
In a report on the security of 5G, the MPs said Britain ‘must not surrender our national security for the sake of short-term technological development’. The range of firms supplying equipment is not diverse enough, they added.
The introduction of the 5G network will open up the UK to security risks such as espionage, sabotage and system failures, MPs have warned
Boris Johnson announced a U-turn on Chinese firm Huawei in July, banning it from having a role in building the UK’s 5G network. British telecoms companies were told to remove the firm’s equipment from the network by 2027 and to stop buying new 5G equipment from it.
The committee said there was 'no doubt that Huawei's designation as a high-risk vendor is justified'.
They concluded that it 'poses a significant security risk to individuals and to our Government'.
The MPs noted: 'Even with the inclusion of Huawei the market was "sub-optimal" and the Government's decision to remove Huawei completely from 5G by 2027 poses a risk that could potentially result in an even less diverse market, which could bring security and resilience concerns of its own.' They wrote: 'We share the Government's objective that the UK remains at the forefront of the 5G rollout as we move into the next technological era.
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