The measures taken to limit Huawei's presence in 5G networks are exacerbated: the United Kingdom has defined the procedure that will lead to completely exclude the Chinese manufacturer from the next generation networks installed in the country. After December 31, mobile network operators will no longer be able to purchase Huawei's 5G network equipment, and will have to remove that already present by 2027.
The measure is no longer just a rumor but was announced to Parliament by Oliver Dowden, Minister of Culture, Digital, Media and Sports, who commented:
It was not an easy decision, but it is the right direction for British telecommunications networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and in the long run.
The politician admits that the decision will result in a slowdown of about a year in the spread of British 5G networks but, as reflected in the above statements, this is a cost that the Government is willing to pay given the interests involved, starting from security national – undeclared interests are related to diplomatic relations with the United States that are pushing to make scorched earth around Huawei also in Europe.
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The measure also does not apply to the 2G, 3G and 4G network equipment provided by Huawei previously – removal is therefore not required for these components. There are, however, new restrictions on the use of Huawei broadband kits by fixed network operators: the Government's goal is to kick off a transition phase in which operators will buy less and less Huawei equipment for the network in fiber – this process should end within two years.
Huawei's reaction is not long in coming: the Chinese company, commenting on the British government's move, talks about bad news for anyone who uses a smartphone in the country and predicts that the decision will help to relegate the UK to slow lane of digital, to determine a increase in bills and to make still the digital divide is more marked.
The British government's decision comes almost simultaneously with Huawei's invitation to (European and non-European) states on the occasion of the communication of the latest (convincing) financial results: trust us it is the substance of the message with which the operator has urged countries such as France and the United Kingdom to open collaboration. Appeal remained evidently unheeded and an anti-Huawei front supported by the United States that makes its way (also in Italy).
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