Britain bans Huawei 5G kit from telecom market citing unacceptable security risks

In a development that cements Huawei’s exit from Britain’ future telecom market, the British government has notified telecommunications companies operating in the country that after September 2021, they should not install any new Huawei 5G kit. The development is part of a broader push to purge Huawei’s equipment from Britain’s high speed mobile networks.

Falling in line with the assessment of its intelligence agencies as well as those of the United States, Britain has ordered the removal of all Huawei equipment from its 5G network by the end of 2027 saying the Chinese company poses security risks.

Companies that fail to comply to its orders will attract a fine of $133,140 9 (100,000 pounds).

 “I am setting out a clear path for the complete removal of high risk vendors from our 5G networks,” said Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden in a statement. “This will be done through new and unprecedented powers to identify and ban telecoms equipment which poses a threat to our national security.” The British government has also announced a new strategy to diversify the 5G supply chain and has begun collaborations with Japanese companies, including NEC; it has also established new research facilities.

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