Monitoring Desk: United Kingdom banned Huawei Technology for 5G and next generation mobile networks. All telephone operators are asked to remove components made by Huawei from their networks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson approved final plan for operators which has barred operators from adding new Huawei components to their 5G networks after Dec. 31, 2020. All already installed made in Huawei equipment will need to be removed from 5G infrastructure by 2027.
Officials said this operation will cost operators as much as 2 billion pounds or $2.51 billion. Mobile phone operators said government’s decision will delay rolling out of 5G networks by two years.
The decision to strip out Huawei’s kit from British networks represents a major reversal by Johnson, and threatens to fuel a growing row 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.”
The National Security Council finalized this plan which was attended by the prime minister, his senior ministers and top security chiefs. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “the government has decided it is necessary to ban Huawei from our 5G networks.”
“This decisive move provides the industry with the clarity and certainty it needs to get on with delivering 5G across the U.K.”
The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre declared Huawei technoligy insecure after U.S sanctions.