The United Kingdom government has changed its position on Huawei’s use of 5G telecom infrastructure equipment. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Tuesday, July 14, that Huawei will release 5G devices by 2027 to all U.K. Should be removed from the network, and the network carrier will be banned from purchasing new 5G infrastructure hardware from Huawei after 31 December this year.
This is in contrast to the decision made in January, when the government said that Huawei equipment could be used in UAV’s 5G network provided it was outside the “core” structure.
“It has not been an easy decision,” Dowden said, “but it is true for the U.K. telecommunications network, for our national security and our economy, both now and in the long run.”
The decision also calls for network providers to move away from Huawei devices being used in home broadband devices, and the government wants this to happen in the next two years. The given time frames allow for testing options for the network, striking new deals and integrating new hardware.
However, Dowden also said that the network would allow Huawei to go to the U.K. The 5G development will be significantly reduced, saying the rollout will be slowed by at least two years, and at a cost of 2 billion British pounds, or $ 2.5 billion.
Huawei said in a statement published on its official HuaweiUK Twitter account,
“This disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the U.K. with mobile phones.” The company also says “with the UK government to explain how we can continue to contribute to a better connected UK”.
Statements about the decision of the British Government
Huawei UK spokesman Ed Brewster said: “The disappointing decision is bad news for anyone with a mobile phone in the UK. It threatens to move the UK into the digital slow lane, push the bill further and deepen the digital divide . “1/4 pic.twitter.com/A0V7O1LQmr
& Mdash; HuaweiUK (@HuawiUK) July 14, 2020
Speculation about the UK government’s counterattack on its stand on Huawei had recently spread, and the official statement comes after the United States government extended a ban on US manufacturers from working with Huawei until 2021. Huawei remains on the “Entity List” in the US. , Which prohibits licensing Google‘s full Android software suite, among other restrictions. Instead, it is working on its own ecosystem, including alternatives to the Google Play Store.
Huawei has been in the UK for 20 years. Has contributed to the mobile network, and has not monitored its devices monitored by an independent dedicated research team to ensure security. The company has consistently denied that it is a security threat.