Ciaran Martin gives evidence to Science and Technology Committee on telecommunications infrastructure and 5G

Ciaran Martin, Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations, gave oral evidence to the UK's Science and Technology Committee as part of its inquiry into UK telecommunications infrastructure and the UK’s domestic capability.

Following concerns around the Government's announcement in January 2020 that, despite security concerns, it would allow Huawei and other 'high risk vendors' to supply 'non-sensitive' elements of the UK’s 5G telecommunications networks, the inquiry examines a number of questions around the UK's telecommunications infrastructure, including the reasons for a lack of market competition and the absence of a domestic UK supplier, how the Government can – by itself and with international partners – build a domestic capacity;  and encourage additional, established vendors to enter the UK market; and in what timeframe the Government should look to build domestic capacity and remove all 'high risk' vendors.