Britain bans installation of new Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021

WION Web Team
London, United Kingdom Published: Nov 30, 2020, 04.29 PM(IST)

The British flag and a smartphone with a Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration Photograph:( Reuters )

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The UK government has laid out a roadmap for removing all telecoms equipment made by 'high-risk vendors,' including Huawei, from the country`s 5G network by 2027

The UK government announced on Monday that the Chinese telecom giant Huawei will not be able to install its 5G equipment in the country from September 2021.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport said that as per its earlier decision, the UK carriers will no longer be able to install Huawei equipment beginning September 2021.

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The UK government has laid out a roadmap for removing all telecoms equipment made by "high-risk vendors," including Huawei, from the country`s 5G network by 2027, reports CNET.

The announcement is a part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm's equipment from high-speed mobile networks.

Britain has already ordered all Huawei equipment to be removed from its 5G network by the end of 2027, falling in line with intelligence allies including the United States who say the firm poses security risks.

China has criticised that decision, while Huawei said last week it was disappointed Britain was looking to exclude it from the 5G roll-out after the publication of new laws that could see firms fined 100,000 pounds ($133,140) if they break the ban.

Monday's announcement comes ahead of a debate over new telecoms legislation in parliament and fleshes out the timeline for equipment removal.

"I am setting out a clear path for the complete removal of high-risk vendors from our 5G networks," digital minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement.

"This will be done through new and unprecedented powers to identify and ban telecom equipment which poses a threat to our national security."

The government also announced a new strategy to diversify the 5G supply chain, consisting of an initial 250 million pound investment, trials in collaboration with Japanese firm NEC and the establishment of new research facilities.

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