MINISTERS are poised to announce a major U-turn on Chinese tech firm Huawei by finally banning it from the UK’s 5G network.
Spy chiefs have warned that they can guarantee the security of the telecoms network for only seven years.
And US sanctions on China now mean that Huawei must use less secure microchips.
It has finally prompted the Government U-turn, following a report from the National Cyber Security Centre.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the sanctions could have a “significant impact” on the reliability of Huawei kit and whether it can be used safely.
He said the earlier decision to give the firm limited access to the UK’s 5G is not “fixed in stone”.
Sources have told HOAR the issue will be resolved by the end of this month.
Some fear Huawei could be used by China for spying.
Ex-minister David Davis, a key opponent of giving access, called the new move “a belated onset of common sense”.
He said: “We may find it causes some delays to some aspects of our telecommunication system by maybe six months or so.
“But if you wait six months to buy a new phone you get a better phone — so we should get a better telecommunication system.”