New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The UK has banned Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the country's 5G network and asked local mobile operators to remove all 5G kits provided by the firm from their networks by 2027, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons on Tuesday. The ban on the Chinese firm was announced after a review by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against Huawei.

"5G will be transformative for our country, but only if we have confidence in the security and resilience of the infrastructure it is built upon," said Oliver Dowden, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The decision was taken at a meeting of the UK’s National Security Council (NSC), which was chaired by the country's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and came in response to the recent US sanctions against the Chinese telecom major. In May this year, Washington had removed Huawei's access to products build on US semiconductor technology.

 

"Following US sanctions against Huawei and updated technical advice from our cyber experts, the government has decided it necessary to ban Huawei from our 5G networks. No new kit is to be added from January 2021, and UK 5G networks will be Huawei free by the end of 2027. This decisive move provides the industry with the clarity and certainty it needs to get on with delivering 5G across the UK," Dowden said.

 

According to the UK government's decision, there will complete ban on the purchase of any new 5G kit from Huawei after December 31, 2020. Also, all the mobile operators in the UK has been asked to remove all the 5G kits bought from the Chinese firms from their networks by in the next seven years.

(With inputs from PTI)

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma