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Britain bans Huawei from its 5G network

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 14, 2020
The British Government has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from its telecommunications network and will remove all its existing equipment in a move that could cost up to 2 billion pounds ($3.6 billion).
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The move comes after sustained pressure from the United States, Britain's most important intelligence partner, which has been pushing the UK to reverse Prime Minister Boris Johnson's January decision to grant Huawei a limited role in its 5G rollout.

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Digital and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons on Tuesday (local time) that telecoms companies would not be able to purchase Huawei components after December 31 and would need to remove existing Huawei gear by 2027.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Johnson chaired a meeting of the UK's National Security Council (NSC) where the final decision to ban Huawei was made.

Pressure had also come from Mr Johnson's own backbench, who earlier in the year tried to pass an amendment to ban Huawei from the UK's telecommunications infrastructure.


 

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