Relations between the UK and Huawei have been shaky. Earlier this year, Boris Johnson gave permission to the Chinese manufacturer to get involved in the development of 5G infrastructure, albeit to a limited extent. However, according to Bloomberg, the UK plans to ban the telecommunications brand.
UK digital secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that all UK telecommunications operators must dispose of Huawei’s 5G equipment by 2027. UK operators will even have to stop buying equipment from Huawei by the end of this year.
This decision will have some consequences for the United Kingdom. First, the British government wanted to have 5G infrastructures running at 100% by 2025. With this decision, this will no longer happen, as development will be delayed.
Additionally, without Huawei, costs for telecom operators will increase dramatically. This is a consequence of years of negotiating with Chinese companies like Huawei, which practice prices below the competition to conquer the market. In Europe, we have companies like Nokia and Ericsson, operating infrastructures.
Huawei remains banned in the United States
In the United States, the situation remains the same. Huawei is prohibited from buying technology from American companies, depriving it of Google services, for example. Those sanctions for some reason have not yet reached Microsoft, which continues to make Windows available to the brand’s computers.
The US government has also limited the supply of components for processors by TSMC, one of Huawei’s largest suppliers. The situation is so complicated that Huawei started to turn to the processors of its “competitor” MediaTek.
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