Officials from the British and US governments and the telecom industry will meet on Monday, before Britain is due to take a decision on the possible use of Huawei equipment in future 5G mobile networks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.
“We have strict controls over how Huawei equipment is currently deployed in the UK. The government is undertaking a comprehensive review ... There is a meeting today which involves US, UK government counterparts in national security and telecoms,” the spokesman told reporters.
Britain is expected to make a final decision on whether to deploy technology from the Chinese company this month.
The United States is trying to persuade Britain not to use Huawei’s equipment over what Washington says are security risks.
UK ministers must weigh US-led allegations that the equipment could be used for Chinese state spying against Britain’s relationship with Beijing and industry warnings that banning the firm outright would cost billions of dollars.
Huawei, the world’s largest maker of mobile networking equipment, has repeatedly denied that its equipment could be used for spying. A company spokesman has previously said UK lawmakers had confirmed Huawei equipment would not be deployed in networks used for intelligence sharing.
One US senator has introduced a bill that would prevent the United States from sharing intelligence with countries that allow Huawei Technologies to operate 5G network technology.