LONDON (Reuters) – UK operators will no longer have to install new 5G equipment made by Huawei from September 2021, the government said on Monday, as part of a plan to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from the mobile network in British high speed.
Last July, London ordered the withdrawal of all existing Huawei equipment by 2027, following the stance taken by the United States and other allies citing security risks. It also banned the purchase of new 5G equipment from Huawei after the end of the year.
This decision angered Beijing. Huawei, which rejects accusations of threat to national security, had expressed its disappointment.
“I set out a clear path forward for the complete removal of high-risk providers from our 5G networks,” said Minister for Digital Affairs Oliver Dowden.
“This will be done through new and unprecedented powers to identify and ban telecom equipment that poses a threat to our national security,” he added in a statement.
(William James; French version Jean Terzian)