To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2020 to Question 74566 on Telecommunications, what role local authorities will play the removal of Huawei from the 5G network; and what plans he has to engage with local authorities on that removal.
The Government engages regularly with local authorities, and they have a critical role in the deployment of digital infrastructure. However, the equipment that operators use to deploy digital infrastructure is chosen based on their own commercial decisions and is not affiliated with any local authority. The process for complying with the Government’s decision on the use of Huawei 5G equipment will include commercial decisions that are for the mobile operators to make.
The Telecoms Security Bill, once introduced, will provide the government with the powers needed to compel mobile operators to limit or remove high risk vendors from their 5G networks, and will include compliance and enforcement arrangements.