The Chinese telecommunications company Huawei could be out of any computer network business in the UK sooner than expected, based on a recent report by the National Defense Committee of the British Parliament.
The document, released Thursday, said there is clear evidence that the company headed by Ren Zhengfei is in collaboration with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and therefore represents a threat to Britain’s security.
In July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had ordered Huawei to leave Britain’s 5G networks by 2027, amid fears of espionage and sabotage and following harsh U.S. sanctions against the company that affected its purchasing updated chips.
However, the defense committee said the purge should occur two years earlier, even if such an action is a reward for the current operators.
“The Government should take necessary steps to minimize the delay and economic damage and consider providing compensation to operators if the 2027 deadline is moved forward,” the report said.
The parliamentarians indicated that the deployment of 5G would increase mobile connectivity dependence, leaving the country more vulnerable to “espionage, sabotage or system failure.”
It urges the government to partner with allies in a system to hold “perpetrators” accountable.
“The Committee supports the proposal to form a D10 alliance, consisting of ten of the world’s largest democracies, to provide alternatives to Chinese technology and to combat the technological dominance of authoritarian states,” the report said.
“The West must urgently unite to advance a counterweight to China’s tech dominance,” added Committee Chairman Tobias Ellwood.
While Huawei has denied collusion with the CCP, several Western countries, led by the United States, argue that there is sufficient evidence that the company is directly or indirectly linked to the People’s Liberation Army.
The Chinese company has already been blockaded in key markets such as Australia and Japan. It faces a series of sanctions from Washington to isolate it from crucial technologies such as chips.
Within this framework, on Oct. 9, the companies Orange and Proximus, disregarding Huawei, chose Nokia to provide them with the necessary equipment and infrastructure to build 5G networks in Belgium.
The country’s capital, Brussels, is home to the headquarters of NATO and the Executive and Parliament of the European Union, making it a city of particular concern to Western intelligence agencies.