US Ban On Semiconductor Exports To China Hits Huawei

The British government has confirmed it is undertaking a fresh review of Huawei's participation on the national 5G telecoms network system, although Huawei has consistently denied that its technology could be used for covert surveillance. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK is now expected to conclude that US sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company’s technology for 5G networks as originally planned.

The growing confrontation between the US and China over claims that the Chinese governmnet  attempted to conceal the initial coronavirus infections has been followed by the US Department of Commerce introducing new rules that requires foreign manufacturers using American chip-making equipment to get an export licence before being allowed to sell semiconductors to Huawei.

A NCSC spokesman said: "Following the US announcement of additional sanctions against Huawei, the NCSC is looking carefully at any impact they could have to the UK's networks."The US sanctions restrict Huawei from using American technology and software to design its semi-conductors. These regulations implemented last year require the firm to obtain a licence in order to export US items. The US says that Huawei avoided this rule by using US semiconductor manufacturing equipment at factories from other countries. 

The UK government had previously approved a limited role for Huawei in building the country's new mobile networks. Huawei was banned from supplying kit to "sensitive parts" of the UK network, known as the core. In addition, it is only allowed to account for 35% of the kit in a network's periphery, which includes radio masts. UK mobile operators were told  that they would have three years to comply with caps on the use of Huawei equipment in their networks.

Responding to the review, Victor Zhang, vice-president at Huawei, said: "Our priority remains to continue the rollout of a reliable and secure 5G networks across Britain."

Intelligence experts say it is a security risk to allow the Chinese company to play any role at all in the UK's 5G network, due to fears it could be used by China to spy on, intercept or sabotage communications.

5G network technology offers much faster mobile internet data speeds, a stable network that can handle more connections, and more bandwidth for a multitude of different technological applications, has been touted as being a way to bridge the digital divide in areas where broadband internet deployment have been inconsistent. The most recent information from Huawei is that the firm has so far won 91 5G contracts across the world to date.

Three out of four of the UK's mobile networks Vodafone, EE and Three had already decided to use and deploy Huawei's 5G products outside the core in the "periphery" and a group of British parliamentarians have been demanding that Huawei’s position be reduced to zero.

CNBC:         Industry Week:         BBC:         Guardian:        Independent:

You Might Also Read: 

British Government Thinking Again About Huawei:

What Can Hold Up Your International Project?:

« Taiwan's Entire Population Database Stolen
Stanford University Offers The Best US Cyber Security Degree »

CyberSecurity Jobsite
Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

Perimeter 81 / How to Select the Right ZTNA Solution

Perimeter 81 / How to Select the Right ZTNA Solution

Gartner insights into How to Select the Right ZTNA offering. Download this FREE report for a limited time only.

UK Cyber Week Expo & Conference

UK Cyber Week Expo & Conference

Award-winning event organiser ROAR B2B announces the launch of UK Cyber Week and its inaugural event on 4 and 5 April 2023 at the Business Design Centre, London.

NordLayer

NordLayer

NordLayer is an adaptive network access security solution for modern businesses — from the world’s most trusted cybersecurity brand, Nord Security. 

Clayden Law

Clayden Law

Clayden Law are experts in information technology, data privacy and cybersecurity law.

CYRIN

CYRIN

CYRIN® Cyber Range. Real Tools, Real Attacks, Real Scenarios. See why leading educational institutions and companies in the U.S. have begun to adopt the CYRIN® system.

DataCore Software

DataCore Software

DataCore Software is a leader in Software-Defined Storage. Solutions offered include back up and disaster recovery.

Security Audit Systems

Security Audit Systems

Security Audit Systems is a website security specialist providing website security audits and managed web security services.

ManTech International

ManTech International

ManTech provides comprehensive, integrated cyber security support, which includes computer and network design, implementation, and operations.

Netteam

Netteam

Netteam designs, implements and services networking solutions for companies of all sizes.

Avatier

Avatier

Avatier identity management software products automate identity access management, user provisioning and IT governance to ensure information security and compliance.

Havelsan

Havelsan

HAVELSAN is a leading technology company in Turkey developing indigenous systems for domestic and foreign military, public and private sector clients.

Sponge

Sponge

Cybersecurity Sorted by Sponge is a seriously engaging training game to make your staff the first line of defence against cyber threats.

CyberSecJobs.com

CyberSecJobs.com

CyberSecJobs.com is a career site and job fair company providing services and resources to the cyber security community.

Incopro

Incopro

Incopro is an online IP and brand protection software provider that arms brand owners with actionable intelligence to combat online and offline intellectual property and copyright infringements.

Jacobs

Jacobs

Jacobs is at the forefront of the most important security issues today. We are inspired to be the best and deliver innovative, mission-focused outcomes that matter to our clients.

Qrator Labs

Qrator Labs

Qrator Labs is a leader in DDoS attack mitigation, helping organizations protect their websites from the most harmful, sophisticated DDoS attacks.

Two Six Technologies

Two Six Technologies

Two Six Technologies delivers R&D, innovation, productization and implementation expertise in cyber, data science, mobile, microelectronics and information operations.

Titan Labs

Titan Labs

Titan Labs is a Cyber Security Consultancy that provides advice and technical expertise to government, international finance and telecommunications providers.

Lancera

Lancera

Lancera provides growth accelerating Software Development, Web Presence and Cybersecurity Solutions with a focus on customer happiness.

PCS Security (PCSS)

PCS Security (PCSS)

PCS Security provides secure, reliable and state-of-the-art security solutions to help our customers address their security concerns.

NewAE Technology

NewAE Technology

NewAE Technology is revolutionizing the hardware security market by making every engineer and designer aware of side-channel power analysis and glitching as important attack vectors.