This image taken on January 29, 2020, features a smartphone with a Huawei and 5G network logo on the PC motherboard.
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London – If a new law is announced in Parliament on Tuesday, British telescopes could face major fines.
The proposed Telecom Security Bill is designed to improve security in the UK’s 5G and full-fiber networks. Under the bill, network operators must make equipment and software used in phone mast sites and telephone exchanges meet certain standards.
“This will be an important step to protect the UK from hostile cyber activity by state actors or criminals,” the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement. “The government has been responsible for several cyber attacks on Russia and China as well as North Korea and Iranian authorities over the past two years.”
If the bill is passed, the government said it plans to fine up to 10% of turnover firms a day, or a fine of £ 100,000 ($ 133,000) if they fail to follow the rules.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said the bill would “give Britain one of the toughest telecommunications security systems in the world and allow us to take the necessary actions to protect our networks”.
In particular, the bill empowers the government to fine operators if they use Huawei devices in the country’s 5G network.
In July, the government said that carriers would not be able to purchase devices made by the Chinese tech giant from the end of 2020 and would have to unload any existing Huawei equipment from their network by 2027.
Huawei denies that its equipment presents a national security risk to the UK or any other country.
Huawei’s vice president Victor Zhang said in a statement: “It is disappointing that the government is trying to exclude Huawei from 5G.” ”
Zhang said: “This decision is politically motivated and not based on a fair assessment of the risks. It does not serve anyone’s best interests as it will move Britain into the digital slow lane and threaten the agenda of the government’s agenda Will put in