UK Telecoms Banned From Buying 5G Equipment From Huawei
In a decision that is expected to delight the Trump administration in the US and throw terrible stone at Beijing, the UK government has banned its mobile operators from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December. Moreover, the Boris Johnson government has also asked the carriers to remove all Huawei equipment from their networks by 2027.
UK Telecoms Banned From Doing Business With Huawei
The decision followsÂ sanctions imposed on the Chinese telecom giant by Washington, which claims the company poses a security threat. It is worth noting that the the decision only affects future equipment. Which means thereâ€™s no order to remove any 2G, 3G and 4G equipment provided by the company to the countryâ€™s telecom operators. According to the UK government, the move would delay the countryâ€™s 5G rollout by a year. It would also cost the country Â£2bn.
The US, which has banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment to the countryâ€™s telecom operators, has welcomed the decision.
â€œWe convinced many countries, many countries. And I did this myself for the most part â€“ not to use Huawei. Because we think itâ€™s an unsafe security risk, itâ€™s a big security riskâ€, said US President Donald J. Trump.
Response From China
As expected, though, the developments have triggered an angry response from Beijing. Reacting to the decision, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said that this raises questions about whether the country will be able to offer a fair business environment to foreign companies. â€œDisappointing and wrong decision by the UK on Huaweiâ€, he tweeted.
The announcement came after the UKâ€™s National Cyber Security Centre warned that the security of Huaweiâ€™s equipment cannot be guaranteed. However, the company argues that the decision has more to do with global geo-politics than national security. According to Huaweiâ€™s UK communications director, Ed Brewster,Â â€œI think this is â€¦ not about security, this is about tradeâ€.