A delegation of U.S. delegates will arrive in Britain Monday to try to persuade Britain not to use Huawei gear in the upgrade of its telecoms network, two individuals with knowledge of the matter stated Sunday.
Britain is anticipated to make a final call on how to deploy Huawei Technologies gear in its 5G networks later this month.
Security minister Brandon Lewis Sunday said a decision could be taken “relatively soon.”
The U.S. delegation is expected to incorporate deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, the two individuals acquainted with the matter stated.
UK ministers must weigh U.S.-led charges that the equipment could be used for Chinese state spying against Britain’s connections with Beijing and trade warnings that banning the company outright would cost billions of dollars.
Huawei, the world’s largest networking gear manufacturer, has repeatedly declined that its tools could be used for spying. A company spokesperson has previously mentioned UK legislators had confirmed Huawei gear would not be deployed in networks used for intelligence sharing.
One U.S. senator has brought in a bill that will stop the U.S. from sharing intelligence with international locations that allow Huawei Technologies to operate 5G technology.
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo had been anticipated to pressure British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over Huawei when the duo met in Washington last week.
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said U.S. Prez Trump and his advisers have threatened to cut off some intelligence to the U.K. if the National Security Council approved Huawei’s 5G tech.