UK To Ban Huawei From its 5G Wireless Networks

Jul 14, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Britain’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport announced that the UK will bar Huawei from its high-speed 5G network and also proceeded to announce that the Chinese tech giant’s equipment will be completely eliminated by 2027. This announcement comes six months after the UK agreed to allow the telecom company to set up some of the network.

It was announced in January 2020 that Huawei would be kept out of the sensitive core of the 5G network, which accounts for 5% of the whole network.  Despite Huawei’s founder’s pledge not to abuse data, the UK has made a firm decision.

Ed Brewster, spokesperson for Huawei UK, commented “This disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone. It threatens to move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide.”

“We would rather shut Huawei down than do anything that would damage the interests of our customers,” said founder Ren Zhengei. “I support the Communist Party of China, but I will never do anything to harm any other nation.

“Some people in the West believe that Huawei’s equipment is stamped with some sort of ideology. That is as silly as people smashing textile machines back during the industrial revolution. We only provided equipment to telecom operators and that equipment does not have an ideology.”

This announcement comes at a tense time for the Chinese government and is likely linked to pressure coming from the USA. China is being blamed for the COVID-19 outbreak by the USA, who is also considering banning all Chinese social media platforms, like the popular TikTok. The United States has banned Huawei and other Chinese tech companies from its 5G platforms which has lead British officials to doubt Huawei’s security.

 

Britain joining the Huawei ban, nicknamed the ‘Five Eye’ member, which is the world’s most powerful intelligence-sharing alliance. The group includes the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and now Britain. The decision is said to take full effect in January 2021 and will delay Britain’s rollout of 5G service by at least two years and cost billions.