The NCSC says that the companies that they need to maintain a sufficient supply of spare parts of all manufacturers, but insisted the increased risk of Huawei equipment and its ability to provide software updates for products in the face of the pressure of the united states.“Ensure that products and components are kept up to date is essential for the maintenance of the security of networks,” the letter said. “The climbing action of the united states against Huawei could adversely affect its ability to provide updates for products that contain US technology.”
An NCSC spokesperson said: “The NCSC has provided operators with a series of precautionary measures, we recommend that you take them, then we carefully consider the impact of these sanctions on the UK networks.“
BT and Vodafone declined to comment. A spokesman for Huawei, said the company has cooperated fully with the NCSC and declined immediate further comment.
Great britain designated Huawei a “high risk seller” in January, capping its 5G participation to 35% of the market share and excluding it from data-heavy heart of the network.
Officials have said they are in the process of reviewing the specific guidelines on the way of Huawei equipment should be deployed to better secure the UK networks and are considering a range of options. A decision is due in the coming weeks.
Any move by London to further restrict Huawei or the bar of society completely would strain relations with China, which have grown tense in recent months, most of Beijing’s management of the situation in Hong Kong and the Covid-19 pandemic.