The latest order by PM Boris Johnson is a reversal from a January decision that allowed the Chinese tech firm to remain a supplier but capped its market share. According to BBC, the latest decision also comes as new restrictions are being applied to use of the company’s broadband kit.
The directive now bars mobile providers from acquiring new Huawei 5G equipment with effect from December 31 and should remove all 5G kit from their networks by 2027.
“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run,” BBC quotes Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden’s address to House Of Commons.
The ban is a blow to the Chinese firm, which has denied accusations fronted by the US that it poses a national security threat. The US imposed sanctions on Huawei in May, and through President Trump, it was keen on having the UK follow a similar route. The ban now adds the UK to the list of other states: Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. France, on the other hand, still allows Huawei conditional operation.
On its part, Huawei says the move by Britain “Threatens to move Britain into the digital slow lane,” a spokesman for Huawei UK is quoted by Reuters saying. “We remain confident that the new US restrictions would not have affected the resilience or security of the products we supply to the UK.”