Government defeat as peers demand action to bolster future telecoms security

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Years has defeated Government In supporting a move aimed at strengthening the country’s telecom security by ensuring a diversified supply chain.

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The House of Lords was supported by 180 votes to 176, a majority of four, a legislative change that would require the government to provide an annual update on network diversification.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill, currently going through the upper house, will force providers to stop installing equipment Sugar phone manufacturer Huawei It also lays out a road map for the complete removal of high-risk vendors in the UK’s 5G network and beyond.

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Emphasizing the need for a range of providers, Labour Frontbencher Baroness Meron said: “There is widespread cross-party support for the theory that our networks will not be secure if the supply chain is not diversified.”

I believe if the government fails to accept this amendment of the bill then they are putting our national security at risk

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He continued: “Once Huawei is removed, it effectively leaves the UK with only two service providers. This is the one of most concern.

“We need and should have a diverse supply chain. This network is absolutely critical to resilience and will support British companies and increase British jobs.

“I believe that if the government fails to accept this amendment of the bill, they are putting our national security at risk.”

He was supported by Liberal Democrat Lord Fox, who said: “Without a diverse supply chain there is no security. The issue of having only two major suppliers stems from the fact that there has been a market failure in the region.

Feedback, Minister of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Lord parkinson’s Whitley Bay said: “This bill will create one of the toughest telecommunications security systems in the world. It will protect our networks, keep our critical national infrastructure safe in the future, even as technologies evolve.”

But he added: “While our work on diversification is intended to support our security and resilience ambitions, not all diversification is necessarily relevant to security and resilience.”

In another government defeat, Peers 156 by 172 votes, majority 16 supported, by another member of the Five Eyes intelligence coalition demanding a review of telecommunications firms banned on security grounds, that the UK, along with Australia, is made up of Canada. , New Zealand and the United States.

The government’s approach to national security needs to be flexible and adaptable to the challenges of the future. Every country will have a different approach to national security. Security measures taken in one country may not always be appropriate in another

Labor frontbencher Lord Coker said: “It is absolutely begging that the government is opposing an amendment that says if one of the Five Eyes thinks there is a problem we must do something about it.”

Liverpool human rights campaigner Lord Elton, an independent crossbencher, said: “This amendment will strengthen international action and strengthen the UK’s resilience and security.”

Tory peer Lord Blencathra said: “I believe this will be another short warning to China that we will begin to stand up to their aggression.”

But for the government, Lord Parkinson told peers that security measures taken in one country may not be appropriate in another.

He added: “The bill enables the Secretary of State to consider a decision by any other international partner, in fact, by another international partner, to ban a seller on grounds of security.”

He said: “The government’s approach towards national security needs to be flexible and adaptable to the challenges of the future.

“Every country’s approach to national security will be different. Security measures taken in one country may not always be appropriate in another.”

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