Chinese tech giant Huawei has urged ministers not to limit its involvement in the deployment of 5G services across Britain.
In January, the firm received the green light to provide “non-essential” elements of the network in a decision that fueled tensions with US President Donald Trump.
But the senior conservatives have threatened a confrontation with Commons this summer to try to limit access to the company by the end of 2022.
Critics say the use of its technology would pose a security risk and could facilitate spying by the Chinese government – an assertion the company firmly denies.
Huawei has now published an open letter in which it says it wants to keep the British connected during the coronavirus epidemic.
Its British chief, Victor Zhang, said that there had been a 50% increase in the use of personal data during the epidemic in Britain.
He wrote, “There are those who choose to continue attacking us without presenting any evidence.
“Disrupting our involvement in the deployment of 5G would not do Britain any good. “
The conditions for Huawei’s participation in the expansion of the 5G network in Great Britain include its exclusion from all security-related networks and sensitive geographical locations such as nuclear sites and military bases, as well as its ceiling of 35 % in non-sensitive parts of the 5G Network.
Mr johnson managed to see an offer from conservative rebels to limit his involvement just over two months ago – notably from former chief Iain Duncan Smith and former ministers.
But some of them warned that the real battle would come later this year.