UK Bans Huawei 5G Kits: Great Britain will be an early and quick adopter of 5G services, considering the demands and usage at a business level. The government, however, has decided to cut out the party of one of the world’s largest producer of 5G equipment — Huawei.
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The British government has asked telecommunication firms across the nation to stop buying new Huawei 5G kits from 31st December 2020. It has further instructed firms to stop the installation of 5G equipment sourced from Huawei from September 2021. Adding to this timeline, the UK government plans to remove all Huawei made 5G kits by the end of 2027.
These decisions were put forward by the Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden at the House of Commons.
Oliver Dowden also stated that the collective cost while taking the new reforms and earlier decisions regarding the restrictions taking the Washington Guidelines into consideration, UK will sustain a cost of £2bn, and the country will see a set back of up to 3 years on the roll-out of 5G.
Firms not abiding by the proposed law will be charged a hefty fine of £100,000.
“I am setting out a clear path for the complete removal of high-risk vendors from our 5G networks,” said Oliver Dowden. He also added, “This will be done through new and unprecedented powers to identify and ban telecoms equipment which poses a threat to our national security.”
The British government also plans to pool in a sum of 250 million pounds initially with an intent to diversify the 5G supply chain, trials of collaboration with Japanese company NEC and establishment of new R&D facilities.
As a reaction to this, Huawei said, “bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone”. Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, said the decision was “disappointing and wrong”.
5G is the next-generation mobile network, succeeding 4G. It aims to deliver higher multi-GBps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, higher reliability, increased network capacity, more availability and higher efficiency.