The UK has ordered the removal of all Huawei equipment from its 5G network by the end of 2027, which is consistent with intelligence allies, including the United States, who said the company poses a security risk.
China criticized the decision, and Huawei said last week that it was disappointed that the United Kingdom tried to exclude it from the launch of 5G. After the new law was enacted, it might see if they were fined 10 million pounds by the company. 9.9 million rupees) to break the ban.
Monday’s announcement comes before parliament’s debate on the new telecommunications legislation and a timetable for equipment removal.
Digital Minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement: “I am opening a clear path to completely eliminate high-risk suppliers from our 5G network.”
“This will use an unprecedented new force to identify and prohibit telecommunications equipment that poses a threat to our national security.”
The government also announced a new strategy to diversify the 5G supply chain, including an initial £250 million (approximately 25 billion rupees) investment, trials in cooperation with Japan’s NEC, and the establishment of new research facilities.
After the end of this year, the UK has banned the purchase of new Huawei 5G kits.
Britain said its July decision was related to concerns that US sanctions on chip technology might affect supply lines. Huawei said at the time that the decision was disappointing and was related to US trade policy rather than security.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
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