LONDON – The Huawei kit will be removed from the UK’s 5G networking by 2027, the British government announced on Tuesday. In addition, he banned the purchase of 5G equipment from the Chinese firm after December 21, 2020.
Huawei deletion further delays UK 5G deployment
The move means that 5G deployment in the UK will be delayed two to three years from the original date, with a total cost of around £ 2 billion. Addressing the House of Commons, Oliver Dowden, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sports, said the change was brought about by new sanctions introduced by the United States Department of Commerce.
The National Cyber Security Center has examined the consequences of the US actions and has now reported to ministers that it has significantly changed its assessment of the security of Huawei’s presence in the UK’s 5G network. Given the uncertainty this creates around Huawei’s supply chain, the UK can no longer be sure that it can guarantee the safety of future 5G equipment affected by the change in U.S. rules on direct foreign products. To manage the risk, the NCSC has issued new advice on the use of Huawei in UK telecommunications networks.
Dowden also acknowledged the security concerns associated with Huawei’s presence – the company has close ties to the Chinese state. In a statement in response to the announcement, Huawei called the decisions “disappointing” and said “it was bad news for anyone in the UK with a cell phone. It threatens to move Britain on the digital path, to raise bills and to deepen the digital divide. “