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The UK’s government has forbidden mobile providers to purchase new Huawei 5G equipment, plus all Chinese related firm’s 5G kits should be phased out by 2027, the BBC reports. According to the statement, telecoms operators should refuse business connections with Chinese firms, and in particular: to buy their equipment and implement it in their infrastructure. Besides, mobile operators using Huawei technology should make restitution of it, and within seven years there shouldn’t be any equipment from these firms.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden noticed that such a decision could be a step back for them, which means a delay of 5G integration for a year. Confirming Dowden’s words, Huawei should begin moving away after the December 31, and will have seven years to remove its existing technology at an expected cost of £2 billion

Previously, the government’s position towards Huawei’s integration in the country’s 5G infrastructure was slightly different and constituted a line of several  restrictions. As a result, Huawei would have agreed with a limit on a market share of around 35 percent, and a prohibition to integrate their technology in core parts of network kit. 

The sceptical and radical attitude from the British government towards Huawei is reasoned with concerns from security experts that Huawei’s equipment infringes on national security. By the use of it, Beijing has set its eyes on European countries, though Huawei denies the accusation of espionage.

Earlier, Huawei came up against the tough position of the US government. The “love” story stretches back to when the country added the company to its “entity list” back in May 2019. The year later, the US inserted Huawei into a tightened vice of new sanctions. In September this year, we will see the new measures coming into effect so that Huawei couldn’t rely on American hardware distributors due to the prohibition to use American tech. 

After the UK announced their decision to remove all Huawei related tech, we can see some attempts form the Chinese company to persuade the British government to withdraw its settlement.  Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming has tweeted that the UK has made a wrong choice. 

Huawei could face new security challenges after the new measures come into effect. The restrictions “will force the company to use untrusted technology that could increase the risk to the UK,” according to a security report that leaked earlier this month.

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