This is not really motivated by security, but about a trade war between the US and China.” He said he hoped the new US administration would adopt a different approach to that of Donald Trump. The decision was made despite the absence of any evidence, while Huawei denies any allegations of wrongdoing. Victor Zhang’s intervention comes as Boris Johnson prepares on Monday to meet the Northern Research Group, the lobby group of Conservative MPs determined to turn the prime minister’s levelling up agenda into a reality. He also admitted that this decision would incur costs of up to £2 billion. Zhang hopes the new, Biden-led US administration would approach this matter differently. The UK government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was called on to ban Huawei altogether if it poses a threat to national security, rather than just removing it from the 5G infrastructure. The company is alleged to have a backdoor for the Beijing officials. All such components can remain in use for as long as they are necessary. Huawei has called on the UK to reconsider its decision to block the Chinese tech giant from developing the nation’s 5G network, saying that the US could change its tune about the firm when Donald Trump leaves office. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The delay in developing 5G will worsen the situation," he said. He added: “As a global company we want to work with governments to ensure they have the policies to secure growth. The outgoing Trump administration has claimed Huawei to be a threat to national security because of its alleged ties with the Chinese Communist Party. Huawei still hopes to be involved in the UK’s 5G plans despite ban, Huawei says UK 5G ban should be revisited after Trump loss, Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Many people are surprised by the scale of the impact of this delay. British wireless carriers can no longer buy Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December this year. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Huawei urges the UK to reconsider 5G ban. He said: “Something is worrying me about the UK because discussions here are focused on the geopolitical conflict rather than how to improve the UK economy and make sure the country grabs the opportunity again to be a global leader post-Brexit, at the end of this year. Zhang argued for the importance of 5G, saying it was a massive step up from 4G in terms of capacity, speed and volume. Ministers at the time said the reversal was not caused by a new security services analysis of the security threat posed by Huawei, but by the Trump administration’s decision to block US conductors being used by Huawei. World-class connectivity is crucial to this objective, and without that it is very difficult to close the gap in the economic imbalance in the UK.”. Back in July, UK's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had said that the ban on Huawei would result in a cumulative delay to 5G … Citing a report by an independent research firm Assembly, he claims that this decision would cost the government a whopping £18.2 billion. All Rights Reserved. The delay in developing 5G will worsen the situation. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. He said the decision was expected to delay the roll out of 5G by up to three years and cost around £2 billion. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Exclusive: vice-president Victor Zhang says north-south divide in England would be exacerbated by missing out on 5G, Last modified on Tue 17 Nov 2020 04.37 GMT. The government is committed to superfast broadband by 2025, and with this decision the objective of levelling up becomes unachievable.”. The UK should revisit its decision to ban the Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei from its 5G network in the post-Trump era and recognise that it … The UK has the DNA to develop the right policies to seize leadership in innovation.”. “The research shows it will widen the north-south digital divide. Huawei’s vice-president, Victor Zhang, giving evidence to the science and technology select committee in July. World-class connectivity is crucial to achieving a "balance of investment between London, the south-east, the Midlands, and the north". Zhang pointed out: “GCHQ concluded the technical risks were manageable and so did two parliamentary select committees. Sumit believes in artificial intelligence and dreams of a fully open, intelligent and connected world. Well, and…. “Something is worrying me about the UK because discussions here are focussed on the geopolitical conflict rather than how to improve the UK economy and make sure the country grabs the opportunity again to be a global leader post-Brexit, at the end of this year.”. In the north, the broadband carriage and speeds are already far behind London and the south-east. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? However, the Chinese giant has always refuted those allegations. America put pressure on the UK through sanctions on Huawei, and the UK – impacted by these new, unjustified sanctions – responded.”. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. And for that, the UK should roll out a nationwide 5G network without any delay. The next-generation network has already begun rolling out on a limited scale in the UK, with coverage maps showing that 5G coverage tends to be limited to densely-populated urban areas. Zhang, who heads the Chinese giant's UK operations, said it will "worsen England's north-south divide.".