UK bans Huawei 5G kits
The Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden announced in the House of Commons that UK mobile providers will be banned from buying any new Huawei 5G equipment in 2021, and any already existing kit must be removed from their networks by 2027. He said that this move will delay 5G rollout by a year.
This news comes after Washington imposed sanctions after claiming that the firm poses a threat to national security. 5G network technology promises faster internet speeds for more devices, which will enable higher quality streaming and more connectivity for automated kits.
The government says that there is no justification for removing any 2G, 3G and 4G equipment from the same company, and their mobile phones will still be sold and supported in the UK. Huawei has said that the decision is “bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone”, and that it threatens to “move Britain into the digital slow lane”.
The UK has previously decided to review Huawei’s role in infrastructure in January, allowing them to remain a supplier but keep a cap on the market share. The decision was only changed after the Trump administration claimed in May Huawei allows China to spy on other countries using its technology, which the company denies.
Huawei claims that customers will face bigger bills to compensate for the cost of ripping out the existing kits and moving to other suppliers. Huawei may also decide to move research and recruitment elsewhere, which could also affect the economy, as they currently employ 1,600 people in the UK.