And a cabinet minister said the National Security Council would examine the conditions under which the Chinese tech giant Huawei would be involved in the deployment of 5G in the UK.
The comments come after it was announced that the UK was about to end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network this year due to security concerns.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News, “I would not comment on leaks like this.
“What I can do, however, is that when we presented an interim report on this at the start of the year, a number of conditions had to be met.
“So I’m sure the National Security Council will review these conditions and make the right decision on them to make sure that we have both a very solid telecommunications infrastructure … but also that it is secure.”
“We have looked at this very closely. ”
The Prime Minister’s decision to grant Huawei a limited role in the UK 5G network is said to have sparked tensions between London and Washington DC in recent months.
A report from the National Cyber Security Center of GCHQ decided that US sanctions prohibiting Huawei from using technology based on American intellectual property had a “serious” impact on the company, reported the Sunday Telegraph.
The newspaper said officials were making proposals to prevent the installation of new Huawei equipment in the 5G network in as little as six months.
The involvement of the Chinese technology firm in the British network 5G has also raised the concern of a number of eminent personalities from the conservative benches.
The Mail on Sunday reported that the National Cybersecurity Center has been instructed to conduct a review of the situation.
He also reported that the organization found that the US sanctions had a major impact on the viability of the business, the newspaper said.