The Government of Britain has ordered telecoms businesses to remove all Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027, triggering a renewed clash with Beijing.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons of the decision. It follows sanctions imposed by Washington, which claims the firm poses a national security threat – something Huawei denies.
The new law stated that UK’s mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December, and they must also remove all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.
“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
“The UK can no longer be confident that it will be able to guarantee Huawei 5G equipment,” he added. “To be clear, from the end of this year, telecoms operators must not buy any new 5G equipment from Huawei,” he added.
He explained that the UK needed to avoid becoming dependent on Nokia as the single supplier of some equipment, and he wanted to avoid “unnecessary delays” to the government’s gigabit-for-all by 2025 pledge.
The action, however, does not affect Huawei’s ability to sell its smartphones to consumers or how they will run.