Darren highlights 5G security worries

Darren spoke this afternoon about the risks of relying on Chinese Government-backed technologies to build our critical digital infrastucture.

Commenting, he said:

The Commons has been debating whether to use Chinese owned technology in our mobile networks today. Without Huawei we won’t deliver 5G on time. But there are concerns Huawei provides a backdoor for the Chinese state to use either today or in the future.

The evidence from my Technology Select Committee inquiry last year was that the underlying technology provides a similar hacking risk to that from other providers. The main issue, therefore, is a geopolitical one (would we rather work with European or American companies instead).

That’s a decision for the government to take. The reality, however, is that we don’t have a British option. We do have the people and skills to build this stuff though. That’s why today I asked the Government to prioritise British business so that when we need to, we can buy British.

 

What do you think? Shall we use Chinese technology in our mobile networks? The Commons has been debating whether to use Chinese owned technology in our mobile networks today. Without Huawei we won’t deliver 5G on time. But there are concerns Huawei provides a backdoor for the Chinese state to use either today or in the future. The evidence from my Technology Select Committee inquiry last year was that the underlying technology provides a similar hacking risk to that from other providers. The main issue, therefore, is a geopolitical one (would we rather work with European or American companies instead). That’s a decision for the government to take. The reality, however, is that we don’t have a British option. We do have the people and skills to build this stuff though. That’s why today I asked the Government to prioritise British business so that when we need to, we can buy British.

Posted by Darren Jones MP on Monday, 27 January 2020