U.K government has decided to put a Ban on Huawei 5G network equipment. The decision of ban is based on a report about Huawei’s role in the UK’s national infrastructure by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre. The ban of Huawei by the U.K for its 5G networks is a big U-turn by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a big victory of Trump’s administration.
The decision flags a reversal from the government’s previous stance, set forth in January, with the permission of equipment to be used in the country’s 5G infrastructure, but with certain limitations, putting Huawei under the position to get a 35 percent market share, and restricted its use in core parts of the network or geographically sensitive locations.
Huawei is the world’s largest telecom supplier and is 2nd largest phone manufacturer but it is facing hard times currently due to continues opposition from U.K and U.S administration. The U.K has ordered the complete abolition of Huawei’s equipment by 2027.
The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden showed a serious concern regarding the loss this action may bring by stating that the decision “will delay our rollout of 5G by a year” and added that “cumulative cost of this, and earlier restrictions announced against Huawei earlier in the year, would be up to £2bn”.
This has not been an easy decision, but is the right one for the UK telecom networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run” he added
U.S government has also declared the Shenzhen-based company to be a potential risk for national security. U.K government says China might be spying through the 5G network. However, China has denied all the allegations.
The step to swipe out Huawei’s kit from British networks exhibits a major reversal by Johnson and implies a risk of heating up the ongoing tension between the U.K. and China at a highly sensitive time. China has warned Johnson will face “consequences” if the U.K. treats it as a “hostile partner.”