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Daniel Fowler
April 15, 2020

In late February, London announced that it would allow Huawei Technologies a limited role in building the UK's 5G network across the country, despite earlier warnings from Washington that the move could potentially compromise Britain's security.

Huawei has argued that ending its role in 5G development in Britain would be a disservice to the country, as a Tory-backed review of the deal - as well as coronavirus-fueled panic - challenges the business relationship.

Huawei is "focused on keeping Britain connected" and that is "the biggest contribution we can make" to its national effort against the novel coronavirus pandemic, said Huawei's Vice President Victor Zhang in an open letter released Monday.

He said data usage had increased by at least 50% since COVID-19 first reached the United Kingdom, placing "significant pressure" on telecoms systems.

He referred to a 50-percent boost in home data use during the coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom, which Zhang claimed put "significant pressure" on telecom systems.

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"We have built trust in our United Kingdom business over 20 years by helping our customers-the mobile network operators-provide consumers with affordable, reliable calls and data".

Britain's choice to permit Huawei get right of entry to to its 5G community led to tensions with the US and President Trump is claimed to had been livid with Boris Johnson over his choice, the Financial Times reported.

The company also warned that blocking its involvement in the 5G roll-out would harm the UK. "That's why reliable mobile and broadband networks are crucial". "We have built trust in our United Kingdom business over 20 years by helping our customers - the mobile network operators - provide consumers with affordable, reliable calls and data".

But the note seems bizarrely timed given the current state of world affairs and the rumpus over 5G conspiracy theories, plus the potential backlash against a Chinese company in the present climate. Despite this, there has been unfounded criticism from some about Huawei's involvement in the launch of 5G in the United Kingdom, "wrote Zhang".

Attacking people who opposed Huawei, he added: "And there are those who choose to continue attacking us without presenting any evidence". In the United Kingdom, conspiracy theories linking the global COVID-19 outbreak to the rollout of 5G has lead to phone masts across the country being set alight. Matt Warman, the minister for digital infrastructure, described the attacks as being "irresponsible and idiotic".

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