In a big move, the UK government has decided to ban Huawei from the country’s 5G ecosystem.
Operators will not be allowed to purchase 5G components and equipment from Huawei from the end of this year. They have also been ordered to remove the Chinese vendor’s existing equipment in use by 2027.
The move by the UK government is likely to delay the country’s 5G rollout by an year. Further, it has been estimated that the cumulative cost of this move, and restrictions announced against Huawei earlier in the year, would be up to 2 billion pounds.
The move follows sanctions imposed by US, which claims that Huawei’s equipment pose a national security threat.
Huawei has denied such claims and has issued a press release stating that the decision is bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone, as it threatens to move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide.
Edward Brewster, Spokesperson of Huawei UK has further stated that the company will conduct a detailed review of what the announcement means for the business in UK and will work with the country’s government accordingly.
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