The decision contrasts with an earlier agreement from January in which the Chinese company was allowed to play a limited role in expanding the UK’s high-speed wireless infrastructure, he writes. CNN.
The country’s Minister of Digital and Culture, Oliver Dowden, said on Tuesday that US sanctions against the company had “changed the landscape”.
“Given the uncertainty this creates around Huawie’s supply chain, the UK can no longer be certain that it will be able to guarantee the safety of future Huawei 5G equipment,” Oliver Dowden told CNN.
He warns that the decision will delay 5G expansion in the country and that it will be costly.
– It wasn’t an easy decision, but one that needs to be made, says Oliver Dowden, according to the Associated Press.
Many operators had until 2027 to remove existing parts of Huawei from the 5G network. Operators should also stop buying 5G equipment from the Chinese company before the end of the year, according to the Associated Press.
A Huawei spokesperson said, according to Reuters, that it is unfortunate that the company’s future in the country has been politicized. The spokesperson also says the decision risks slowing the UK’s digital development.
“Instead of switching, the government is choosing to switch and we encourage them to reconsider this decision,” the spokesman said, according to Reuters.
In addition to US sanctions against the Chinese company, countries such as Japan, Australia and Taiwan have banned Huawei equipment for 5G deployment.