The United Kingdom has finally announced on Tuesday to ban the use of Huawei’s telecommunications equipment for the 5G network of the country. Oliver Dowden, culture secretary of the UK government said that the mobile operators shouldn’t buy the Chinese tech firm’s 5G equipment from December 31st, 2020.
He also noted that if a telecom company has already bought or installed equipment purchased from Huawei they must remove them before the end of 2027.
This announcement comes after the “new advice” received to the UK government by the National Cyber Security Centre. In January this year, UK said that “high risk” vendors including Huawei would be allowed to build the country’s 5G network, provided they weren’t “core” parts of it.
“5G will be transformative for our country, but only if we have confidence in the security and resilience of the infrastructure it is built upon,” Oliver Dowden said in the UK Parliament.
The UK government has been facing pressure both domestically and internationally (mainly from the United States) to make a decision over the use of Huawei’s equipment in the development of 5G network of the country.
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