United Kingdom plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement to zero by 2023

Darnell Taylor
May 24, 2020

The development would be a change of direction for Britain, which last month confirmed it would allow Huawei to have a role in building its 5G network.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is working up plans to phase out Huawei equipment from the country's 5G networks within three years, the Financial Times reports, citing government officials.

Opposition to Huawei, whose critics also regard it as a trade cheat and intellectual property thief, appears to have risen in lockstep with anti-China sentiment during the outbreak of coronavirus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The decision not to impose a total ban on Huawei upset USA officials and a number of Conservative politicians who have argued that Huawei's products could include software features that allow China's government to spy on other countries or even cripple networks. "This is very good news and I hope and believe it will be the start of a complete and thorough review of our unsafe dependency on China".

Per the Guardian, Smith isn't alone in his views. Senior ministers also want to reduce the UK's economic dependence on China for essential goods. They are now working on an initiative called "Project Defend", which aims to boost British self-sufficiency in medicine and technology.

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According to a report by The Financial Times, the United Kingdom is planning gradually take out Huawei's equipment in 5G network, and eliminate all of until 2023.

The Trump administration has banned the government's use of Huawei technology, and the president signed an executive order last May that blocks United States companies from buying foreign-made telecommunications equipment that may pose risks to national security.

The U.S. has claimed that Huawei includes back doors in its equipment that allow the company to spy on users of mobile phone networks that use it. The rebels forced a ballot on an unconnected telecommunications costs in very early March, as well as 38 Conservative MPs elected with the resistance after Johnson declined to lower Huawei's market share to absolutely no.

The move "simply don't make sense", Zhang said in a statement. "The government decided in January to approve our part in the 5G rollout, because Britain needs the best possible technologies, more choice innovation and more suppliers, all of which means more secure and more resilient networks". "This is our proven track-record".

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