The UK National Security Council has ordered the phased removal of Huawei from the country’s 5G telecom network. The decision reveals the weight of US campaign against Huawei, which has operated in Britain for the past 20 years. Operators such as BT and Vodafon have now been given until 2027 to remove any Huawei equipment from their 5G networks. The decision deals a big blow to the Huawei, coming almost 7 months after the UK gave the company a limited role in building the country’s wireless infrastructure.
”Given the uncertainty this creates around Huawei’s supply chain, the UK can no longer be confident it will be able to guarantee the security of future Huawei 5G equipment”, said UK Digital and Culture Minister Oliver Dowden.
The move is a big win for the United States, which has been pushing its allies to exclude the company from their 5G networks. Speaking to the members of the press in June 2020, US Secretary of State had indicated that ”the tide was turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of CPC’s surveillance state.
Huawei was already experiencing a decline in smartphones sales after US blocked the company from accessing popular Google apps. UK Prime Minister had been facing intense pressure from lawmakers in his own Party and also from the United States to ban Huawei in the country.