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UK Orders Removal Of Huawei 5G Equipment

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Jul 14, 2020 #News, #UK
An array of 5G masts including Huawei Technologies Co. 5G equipment, bottom right, installed on a rooftop overlooking St. Paul's Cathedral by EE the wireless network provider, owned by BT Group Plc, during trials in the City of London, U.K., on Friday, March 15, 2019. Europe would fall behind the U.S. and China in the race to install the next generation of wireless networks if governments ban Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co. over security fears, according to an internal assessment by Deutsche Telekom AG. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

 UK’s mobile providers are been banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December.

Similarly, they must also remove all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden informed the House of Commons of the decision.

 Mr Dowden said the move would delay the country’s 5G rollout by a year.

 He said the decision would protect UK telecom networks, preserve national security and economy, both now and in the future.

Other political considerations are likely to have prompted UK’s decision, this include the desire to strike a trade deal with the US, growing tensions with China over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and its treatment of Hong Kong.

In the Meantime, Huawei says it employs about 1,600 people in the UK and claims to be one of Britain’s largest sources of investment from China.

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