UK bans Huawei from 5G networks in security crackdown

Britain today ordered its telecom providers to stop purchasing 5G equipment from China's Huawei giant from the start of next year, and to strip out all of its equipment by 2027

Kitty Donaldson, Thomas Seal (with inputs from Bloomberg)
Updated14 Jul 2020, 05:30 PM IST
Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Huawei Technologies Co. will be banned from providing equipment for the UK’s next generation mobile networks from the end of this year, in a sweeping crackdown on the Chinese company that risks escalating tensions between London and Beijing.

Under the blueprint agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, operators will not be able to add any new Huawei components to their 5G networks after Dec. 31. All equipment made by the Shenzhen-based company that has already been installed will need to be removed from 5G infrastructure by 2027, the government said, confirming reports by Bloomberg News on Monday.

Johnson, his senior ministers and top security chiefs signed off on the plan at a meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday before Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden set out the details in a statement to Parliament.

“There is of course no such thing as a perfectly secure network,” Dowden told the House of Commons on Tuesday.

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 UK and China at a highly sensitive time. China has warned Johnson will face “consequences” if the UK treats it as a “hostile partner.”

In May the US banned Huawei from sourcing microchips which use American technology, a move that forced British officials to reassess their view of the security and sustainability of using the company’s equipment in 5G networks. “This was a significant and material change,” Dowden said. These sanctions have “potentially severe impacts” on Huawei’s ability to supply equipment to the UK, he said.

British phone companies now face a complex and expensive task to remove Huawei gear from their networks over the next seven years. Dowden warned the decision will also delay the roll out of 5G networks in the UK.


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First Published:14 Jul 2020, 05:30 PM IST
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