On July 14, the UK’s Boris Johnson government announced that Huawei will be completely removed from the UK’s 5G networks by the end of 2027. Following this decision, Huawei has released a statement and expressed its disappointment.
Huawei gave the following statement:
“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.
Instead of ‘leveling up’ the government is leveling down and we urge them to reconsider. We remain confident that the new US restrictions would not have affected the resilience or security of the products we supply to the UK.
Regrettably, our future in the UK has become politicized, this is about US trade policy and not security. Over the past 20 years, Huawei has focused on building a better connected UK. As a responsible business, we will continue to support our customers as we have always done.
We will conduct a detailed review of what today’s announcement means for our business here and will work with the UK government to explain how we can continue to contribute to a better connected Britain.”
This new decision from the UK came after new advice produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the telecommunications vendor.
“There will be a total ban on the purchase of new Huawei kit for 5G after 31 December 2020 and it will be completely removed from 5G networks by the end of 2027.” said the government.