Huawei continues in a downward spiral. After being banned from the United States of America, which affected their smartphones, it is now the UK’s turn to ban its operators from using Huawei’s 5G technology in their services.
The United States has been pressuring allied countries for a long time to stop using the brand’s services for fear of espionage and public safety. Well, the UK followed the recommendations and operators will no longer be able to negotiate Huawei’s 5G material as early as this year.
Huawei equipment will all be removed by 2027
The UK goes further by telling operators that it does not want to see any Huawei material on operators until 2027. That is, operators will have to adapt to competitors and remove all Huawei material in the next 7 years.
The measure was imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson but voted on the “National Security Council (NSC)”. Huawei was not the only one to take the table and also ZTE had the same problem.
“From the beginning, we clearly realized that Chinese suppliers Huawei and ZTE were considered to be at high risk. The NCSC has now informed ministers that they have significantly changed their security assessment of Huawei’s presence on the UK’s 5G network.
Given the uncertainty this creates in Huawei’s supply chain, the UK can no longer be sure that it will be able to guarantee the security of future Huawei 5G devices. The best way to protect our networks is for operators to stop using new affected Huawei equipment to build future UK 5G networks. “
Huawei blames the US
Huawei has already spoken openly about the situation indicating that users will be the ones most affected by the situation.
“This disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the UK with a cell phone. Threatens to move Britain into the slow digital band, raise the bills and deepen the digital divide. Instead of “leveling up”, the government is lowering the level and we ask you to reconsider. We remain confident that the new US restrictions would not affect the resilience or safety of the products we supply to the United Kingdom.
Unfortunately, our future in the UK has become politicized, it is US trade policy, not security. For the past 20 years, Huawei has focused on building a better connected UK. As a responsible company, we will continue to support our customers as we have always done.
We will conduct a detailed review of the significance of today’s announcement for our business here and work with the UK government to explain how we can continue to contribute to a better connection from Britain.“
In short, Huawei is in a complicated situation. The manufacturer struggles to survive and if smartphones have already suffered from not being able to install Google services of origin, now it is the turn of its biggest business, 5G technology, to take a strong shake.
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