Laying the groundwork for broader changes in the telecom industry, the UK has announced a ban on its companies from sourcing 5G equipment from the Chinese telecom company Huawei.
The announcement came into the public domain by UK’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden after a meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the National Security Council. Mr. Dowden explained the British parliament that from the end of 2020, telecoms providers must not buy any 5G equipment from the Chinese telecom company Huawei.
After Huawei, currently, Ericsson of Sweden and Nokia of Finland are the only suppliers of complete 5G wireless networks. These two suppliers along with Korea’s Samsung will be benefitted from the US-led campaign against Chinese company – Huawei.
The new guidelines given by the UK government requires all the British telecom operators to remove all 5G-related equipment that is supplied by the Chinese company, by the end of 2027.
However, the government cleared that Huawei equipment for 4G, 3G, and wired internet will remain workable.
As always, with this announcement by the UK government, US President Trump woke up to take the credit on this back. It took on to twitter and said “We convinced many, many countries, I did this myself, for the most part, not to use Huawei.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo celebrated the announcement and called it a victory for “Transatlantic security”.
For the Chinese company Huawei, this step was a hard blow as now other European countries, especially Germany, will work under more pressure in order to follow its other peers like the US, UK, and several others in banning Huawei from 5G technology. It may also lose more business all across the world in the coming months.
In many other countries worldwide, the 5G network is still in an early stage and they may further stuck in the middle if they are already using Huawei for the 4G network.
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