Oliver Dowden, UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Minister, said that by 2021, it will be prohibited to purchase Huawei equipment for the 5G infrastructure. Up to 2027 was given to remove the equipment already purchased from the infrastructure.
Although Huawei is known to consumers more as a smartphone manufacturer, it is actually the world’s largest producer of network and telecommunications infrastructure devices. Under the ‘spying’ charges against Huawei, which have been spoken even louder over the past year, there is not only a smartphone or other consumer electronics products, but a network and telecommunications infrastructure.
Having made a statement regarding 5G in January, the UK has announced that it will allow ‘high risk’ infrastructure manufacturers, including Huawei, to install 5G infrastructure excluding core components. However, the ‘new recommendation’ of the UK’s National Cyber Security Center seems to have changed the idea of the island country. Because UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Minister Oliver Dowden announced with the latest press release that operators had until 2027 to remove Huawei hardware from their infrastructure.
“There will be a 5G transformation … if we can be sure of the security of the infrastructure.”
“It will be illegal for them to do this (purchase equipment from Huawei) after the telecom security bill (through parliament) has passed.” Dowden said that mobile operators will not be able to purchase 5G infrastructure equipment from Huawei after December 31, 2020, and they will have until 2027 to remove the equipment already purchased from the infrastructure. Dowden said, “5G will be a transformation for our country; of course, if we can be sure of the security and durability of the infrastructure we build on. ”
Although Dowden’s statement covers 5G infrastructure, implementation can impact much more than that in the long run. BT, the owner of the mobile network operator EE, reported that about a year and a half ago, in December 2018, it began to remove Huawei equipment from its infrastructure. However, it is a known fact that Huawei has an important share in both the UK’s mobile and fiber broadband network infrastructure. Still, it is not yet clear whether the UK administration will ban Huawei equipment from 3G and 4G networks.