Boris Johnson seems to have finally decided to remove Huawei from the country's 5G network. This does not please the company, nor some l...
Boris Johnson seems to have finally decided to remove Huawei from the country's 5G network. This does not please the company, nor some local telecom operators.
It is becoming difficult for Huawei to foresee the future with serenity on the UK side. While last weekend, several British media relayed a report advocating the rapid exclusion of the Chinese firm from the country's 5G networks, the company itself and the leading operator, BT Group, called on the authorities not to be so hasty, fearing consequences on the economic level.
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A withdrawal from Huawei by 2025 should be announced soon.
Boris Johnson seems to be pulled in all directions. The British Prime Minister, who does not want to go against the American "recommendations", is taking all the time he needs to announce officially and definitively the removal of Huawei from the British 5G infrastructure.
Johnson's choice could be guided and above all confirmed by the latest report published at the beginning of July by the National Centre for Cybersecurity (NCSC), which states that the latest US sanctions blocking Huawei's access to US-made components are seriously changing the situation, putting the Shenzhen-based firm in an almost untenable position, with no real way out.
The British government is thus preparing to announce a withdrawal by 2025 at the latest of equipment manufactured by the Chinese Huawei for the country's 5G installations. A statement to this effect is expected in Parliament on Tuesday. Huawei's role in the UK's 5G infrastructure had already been limited to 35% of networks earlier this year.
UK telecoms operators, like Huawei, are asking for more time to develop the infrastructure.
While the Conservatives want to press ahead and call for the carve-out to be accelerated to 2023, two of Britain's three main telecoms operators, BT and Vodafone, are pushing for the authorities not to rush the issue. For both companies, the prospect of a five-year phase-out must be a minimum, and should ideally be seven years.
The operators, led by BT, believe that a hasty ban on Huawei could lead to breakdowns as well as security problems. "We need to make sure that any change in management does not lead to more risks in the short term," said Philip Jansen, BT's managing director. And the CEO went on to say that by pushing the agenda, "you're putting yourself in a situation where, potentially, the service for our 24 million mobile customers is put into question, with outages."
Huawei for his part, hopes to delay the administrative withdrawal of the country's 5G telecom networks until after the 2025 elections. The Middle Kingdom giant thinks that with the arrival of a new government, the British position against it could be revised. In exchange, Huawei pledges to keep its 2G, 3G and 4G equipment on British soil. The epilogue is close...
Source: IB Times