The United Kingdom (UK) has banned telecommunications companies from buying 5G equipment from Huawei.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Oliver Dowden, UK’s Digital Secretary made the government’s decision known on Tuesday, while addressing the House of Commons.
He also revealed the government’s decision mandating the telecoms companies to remove all the Chinese firm’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.
“To be clear, from the end of this year, telecoms operators must not buy any 5G equipment from Huawei,” he said.
Dowden, however, said the decision to strip Huawei of its role in the UK’s 5G network by 2027 “had not been easy” but said, “it is the right one”.
He admitted the removal of Huawei from the UK’s 5G network will slow down the rollout of 5G by 2-3 years and cost hundreds of millions of pounds more.
The development follows similar sanctions placed on Huawei in the United States. The US claims Huawei poses a national security threat.
However, Huawei has denied the allegations.