UK bans Huawei from its future 5G networks

uk bans huawei from 5g networks

UK has finally decided to ban Huawei from UK’s 5G network by the end of 2027. From the past few months, the US has been urging other countries to ban Huawei from their countries due to its backdoor access to mobile networks via network-equipments and allegedly spying.

The UK government announced this on Tuesday after a review by the country's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the Chinese telecommunication giant. Following this sanction, there will be a complete ban on the purchase of any new equipment from Huawei after December 31, 2020. While the phased removal of already installed equipments is scheduled until 2027.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the UK's National Security Council (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in response to new US sanctions against the telecom major imposed in May which removed the firm's access to products which have been built based on US semiconductor technology.

The guidelines mentioned, those who chose to use Huawei between now and 2027 must not have its equipment in the sensitive ‘core’ parts of the 5G network.

A statement from the Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden reads “By the time of the next election we will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks.”