British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to begin phasing out the use of technology by Chinese tech giant Huawei on Britain’s 5G network as early as this year, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.
Officials are drawing up proposals to stop installing new Huawei Technologies equipment on the 5G network in just six months, and speed up the phase-out of the technology that is already in operation, the newspaper reported.
The move comes after the nation’s spy agency GCHQ raised new security fears about Chinese technology.
A report prepared by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Center concluded that new United States sanctions against Huawei will force the company to use unreliable technology that could make the risk impossible to control, the newspaper said.
The sanctions have had a “severe” impact on the company that significantly changes GCHQ’s calculations, according to the report. The report is expected to be presented to Johnson this week.
Johnson’s spokesman said earlier this week that officials will soon complete a review of the implications of the latest U.S. sanctions, which aim to cut Huawei’s access to American chipmakers.
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