The UK ordered the telecommunications companies to remove their Huawei equipment by 2027. According to Reuters, on Tuesday, Britain’s Media Secretary Oliver Dowden said that the UK will ban Huawei from its 5G network.
Dowden told the House of Commons, “The National Cyber Security Centre has now reported to ministers, that they have significantly changed their security assessment of Huawei’s presence in the UK’s 5G network.” After the PM Boris Johnson held a meeting of the UK’s National Security Council, these comments poured in.
After the banning operators will not be able to purchase Huawei’s 5G components. Companies were also instructed to remove all current Huawei gear that is made by the Chinese company from the 5G network by the year 2027.
However, Huawei requested the UK government to rethink about their decision of the ban. Huawei’s UK Communications Director Ed Brewster told BBC, “This is a US campaign focused on attacking our business and attacking the technology and that is because the US is behind on the technology. We are in a long-term…trade dispute escalation from the US around how it wants to retain technology leadership.”
Brewster also denied any influence on the company by China. He further said that their trust is built with their customers and not with their Governments. He added that they do not work for governments instead they work for the telecom networks.
In May, the Donald Trump-led US administration introduced fresh sanctions that disrupted Huawei’s ability to get its chips manufactured. The US claims that the company allows China to surveil and potentially attack countries that use its equipment.
The United States Federal Communications Commission earlier declared Huawei and ZTE Corporation as “national security threats.”
The country’s telecommunication regulator also declared Huawei’s parent firms, as well as subsidiaries and associate firms, as national threats.
After United Kingdom’s decision on Tuesday, Trump said: “We convinced many countries, many countries – and I did this myself for the most part – not to use Huawei because we think it’s an unsafe security risk, it’s a big security risk.”