The U.K. gave the Chinese company approval despite concerns over poor software quality and potential spying backdoors
A pedestrian talks on the phone while walking past a Huawei Technologies Co. store on January 29, 2019, in Beijing, China. The United Kingdom has reportedly approved Huaewi Technologies to build some parts of the country's 5G telecom network. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May last week reportedly approved China’s Huawei Technologies to build some parts of the country’s 5G telecom network despite concerns about the company’s poor software quality and dangers of potential spying backdoors that could funnel information to Beijing.
At a meeting last week of the U.K.’s National Security Council, led by May, the decision to allow Huawei to proceed with supplying parts of the 5G network, including antenna and other non-core elements, was taken despite opposition from key cabinet ministers, The Telegraph reported, citing unnamed sources.