UK Blocked Huawei 5G

On July 14, the British government officially announced that after December 31, 2020, the UK will prohibit the purchase of any new Huawei 5G equipment. Not only that, Huawei will also be completely removed from the UK’s 5G network, the final time is at the end of 2027.
So, what is the reason given by the United Kingdom?

The answer: National security.

In response, Huawei also responded. The following is the full text of the response:

This decision is disappointing and is bad news for all mobile phone users in the UK. This may cause the UK to fall into the slow lane of digital development, increase consumer spending on communications, and deepen the digital divide. Instead of “improving” this move, it will reduce the level of development in the UK. We urge the government to reconsider this decision.

We are confident that the new US regulatory measures will not affect the resilience and safety of the products we provide to the UK.

Unfortunately, Huawei’s future development in the UK is politicized. This move stems from US trade policy, not security issues. Over the past 20 years, Huawei has focused on building better network connections in the UK.

As a responsible enterprise, we will continue to support our customers as always. We will carefully examine the impact of today’s statement on our future UK business and communicate with the UK government to clarify how we will continue to help the UK build better network connections.

The key behind the decision: America
Judging from the official statement of the British government, the United States is clearly an important factor in making this decision.

The British government said that on the morning of July 14, the British Prime Minister chaired the National Security Council meeting and finally made the above decision in response to the latest US sanctions against Huawei.

The sanctions mentioned here refer to a new round of sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on Huawei on May 15, 2020. This sanction removes Huawei’s right to use products manufactured based on U.S. semiconductor technology.

 

The British government stated that NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) technical experts discussed the consequences of the sanctions and concluded:

Huawei will need to significantly reconfigure its supply chain because it will no longer be able to use the technology it currently depends on, and there will be no other alternatives, making it impossible to continue to ensure the safety of Huawei equipment in the future.

It is worth mentioning that in January 2020, the British government once listed Huawei as a “high-risk” supplier and excluded it from the core and most sensitive parts of the UK 5G network, and restricted its access to the network. Up to 35% market share.

Now, the British government directly blocks all Huawei 5G.

British Minister of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Oliver Dowden said that the latest US restrictions restrict Huawei’s use of US technology and software, which limits Huawei’s ability to produce important products.

Therefore, the UK believes that Huawei is no longer safe.

The British government also said that this policy will also seek to be passed in the future “Telecom Security Act”. Once it becomes a law, the ban on Huawei will not be reversed.

According to Global Network reports, after the decision of the British government was released, the chairman of Huawei UK, John Browne, announced his early resignation from the chairmanship of Huawei’s board of directors.

At the same time, Huawei British spokesman Edward Brewster issued a statement in response, saying

This decision is disappointing and is bad news for all mobile phone users in the UK. Unfortunately, Huawei’s future development in the UK is politicized. This move stems from US trade policy, not security issues.

Blocking Huawei also has a negative impact on the UK
In fact, the United Kingdom is fully aware of the impact of blocking Huawei 5G.

Oliver Dowden said that in fact, the UK did not make this decision lightly, because this decision had an impact on each constituency and delayed the launch of 5G in the UK.

In fact, the restrictions imposed by the United Kingdom on Huawei in January 2020 have already delayed the deployment of 5G in the United Kingdom for one year and cost up to £1 billion.

He also said that the UK’s decision to ban the purchase of Huawei’s 5G equipment after December 31, 2020 will delay the UK’s 5G deployment by another year and the cost will continue to increase by 1 billion pounds.

Not only that, Oliver Dowden also admitted that requiring UK operators to remove Huawei equipment from their 5G networks by 2027 will also add hundreds of millions of pounds in costs and further delay the deployment of 5G.

This means that the launch of 5G in the UK will be delayed by two to three years and cost up to £2 billion.

What’s even more funny is that Oliver Dowden also stated that the reason for setting the final clearance time to 2027 is because if it advances, it will increase the huge and unnecessary cost and delay-in fact, the earlier the time, the more mobile The greater the risk of actual damage to the communication network.

It seems that the UK also knows what it means to leave Huawei 5G, but it still does.

Oliver Dowden also stated:

This is not an easy decision, but it is the right one: for the UK’s telecommunications network, our national security and our economy, both now and in the long term.

In addition, Oliver Dowden also said that the British government decided to consider Sino-British relations this time, but hopes to build a modern and mature relationship based on mutual respect, and hopes to cooperate with China at the level of convergence of interests.

Blocked by the UK, can Huawei carry it?
In fact, before the British government made this decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had a comment.

On the afternoon of July 14th, Beijing time, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian expressed that the British Prime Minister is about to ban Huawei technology from participating in 5G construction. Whether it can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies in the UK is The touchstone of the British market after the European Union is also a barometer of the safety of Chinese investment in the UK, and China will pay close attention to it.

After all, Huawei has been cultivating in the UK for nearly 20 years; it entered the UK as early as 2001, and it has provided assistance to the development of the UK mobile communication network. According to a government report issued by the United Kingdom in 2019, Huawei is leading the UK telecommunications equipment market.

In 2018, the British government estimated that Huawei’s market share in the UK 4G network was about 35%. In terms of high-speed fiber optic networks, this number has risen to 45%, which means that Huawei plays a more critical role in this regard.

British Telecom, the largest telecommunications operator in the UK, is also a long-term customer of Huawei. Now the company has started to use equipment from Huawei to build 5G networks.

 

 

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On July 14, the British government officially announced that after December 31, 2020, the UK will prohibit the purchase of any new Huawei 5G equipment. Not only that, Huawei will also be completely removed from the UK's 5G network, the final time is at the end of 2027.

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