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Huawei: 5G

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Huawei's limited role in the UK's 5G network does not present a security risk.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Cotes Baroness Morgan of Cotes The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UK Telecoms operators have been advised by the National Cyber Security Centre - in its guidance published on 29 January - on the steps they need to take in relation to high risk vendors. The guidance also sets out the steps necessary for Huawei, including the important continuing role for the world class Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre and Oversight Board.

In addition, new telecoms security requirements proposed in the Government’s Telecoms Supply Chain Review will raise the height of the security bar and require telecoms operators to design and manage their networks to meet new requirements. They will provide clarity to industry on what is expected in terms of network security and, in turn, improve security across vendors.

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