The United Kingdom bans Huawei from 5G networks
The Boris Johnson government on Tuesday announced the removal of existing equipment of Chinese Huawei by 2027. Britain’s National Security Council (NSC) imposes a ban on buying new equipment from the company from December 31 this year. All these decisions reflect an escalation of tensions with Beijing.
The United States government pushes the decision on banning bans Huawei. The USA has also banned the company. Crackdown in Hong Kong and the perception China did not tell the whole truth over the coronavirus are the other reasons which forced the government to impose a ban on the Chinese brand.
Britain’s National Security Council (NSC), headed by Johnson, decided on Tuesday to ban the purchase 5G components from the end of this year. It also orders to remove all existing Huawei gear from the 5G network by 2027. Telecoms companies will also be ordered to stop using Huawei in fixed-line fibre broadband within the next two years.
The seven-year lag will please British telecoms operators such as BT, Vodafone and Three, which had feared they would be forced to spend billions of pounds to rip out Huawei equipment much faster. But it will delay the rollout of 5G.
The National Cyber Security Centre told ministers it could no longer guarantee the stable supply of Huawei gear after the United States imposed new sanctions on chip technology.
Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden told parliament that “This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run”.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron cast Briton to trade with China as a “golden era”. Huawei was founded by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer. But this ban may lade to the end of all ties between the two nations.