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What is the Huawei row, who are the Five Eyes and is 5G coming to the UK?

HUAWEI is the new kid on the block but the tech giant has been causing a bit of a stir in the industry.

The Chinese firm has been granted a role in supplying the future 5G mobile network – despite security fears.

Here's what we know so far about the telecoms firm.

What is the Huawei row?

Fears that the Chinese government is using Huawei technology to spy on people.

But today the Daily Telegraph announced that the government's National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Theresa May, agreed that the Chinese firm would be able to contribute to the new 5G plans for the UK.

Critics have expressed concerns that China could require the firm to install technological "back doors" to spy on or disable the UK's communications network.

The government is calling for a thorough investigation after high-level discussions about Brits using Huawei technology were leaked.

A discussion was taken at a meeting of the NSC yesterday where one minster said that the leaking was "simply not acceptable."

Senior Tory MPs were shocked after Theresa May granted Huawei a limited role in supplying the future 5G mobile phone network.

Tom Tugendhat, the conservative chairman of Britain's Foreign Affairs Committee criticised the decision and said that it would make internet users in the UK unsafe.

The brand will be banned from supplying core parts of the network but will get a role in non-core technology, according to the leaks from the NSC.

Mr Tugendhat told BBC Radio 4: "The definition of core and non-core is a very difficult one with 5G.

"5G does change from a faster internet system into an internet system that can genuinely connect everything, and therefore the distinction between non-core and core is much harder to make."

Who are the Five Eyes?

The Five Eyes is an anglophone intelligence alliance of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Together, these countries are regarded as the world's most comprehensive intelligence alliance of which dates back to the Second World War.

The group originally began with the US and UK, but Canada joined in 1948, followed by Australia and New Zealand in 1956.

The 'Five Eyes' term came from the 'AUS/CAN/NZ/UK/US Eyes Only' classification level that could have access to classified information.

The US sector of the intelligence grouping wants the others to exclude the company from sensitive information.

Australia last year blocked its networks from using Huawei's 5G technology.

What is 5G and is it coming to the UK?

Glastonbury is set to be the country's first festival to use 5G after EE announced that it would be bringing it to the huge music event as masts are set to be erected throughout the fields.

The 5G is the 'fifth generation' of mobile networks. It will see faster download speeds and better responsiveness than current 4G services.




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