Safety officials from British telecoms operators are to meet with the Top US diplomat on cyber-security in London on Tuesday to discuss the risks of equipment made by China’s Huawei, according to five Individuals Knowledgeable about the matter.
The closed-door meeting comes after sources told Reuters last week that Britain has opted to bar China’s Huawei Technologies by the crux of its 5G network but may still permit it in non-core components with some increased restrictions.
The United States has said it sees no distinction between the core and non-core sections of prospective 5G networks and warned that it will restrict cooperation with allies that utilize Huawei equipment, which it says can be used by Beijing for routing. Huawei has denied it spies for China.
Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary for cyber at the US State Department, will state that message on Tuesday in a meeting with security and technology officials from operators including BT, Vodafone and O2, owned by Spain’s Telefonica, the sources said.
The US embassy in London wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Someone from among those operators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they’d go with an open mind to the assembly.
“We can go and listen to their own view but we have an evidence based approach,” the source said.