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Britain Bars Huawei From 5G Network Over Security Concerns

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Britain Bars Huawei From 5G Network Over Security Concerns

The British government said that it would ban the purchase of new Huawei equipment for 5G networks, escalating tensions with China.

The new U.S. measures restrict Huawei’s ability to produce important products using U.S. technology or software. The National Cybersecurity Center has reviewed the consequences of the U.S.’s actions. The N.C.C. has now reported to ministers that they have significantly changed their security assessment of Huawei’s presence in the U.K.’s 5G network. Given the uncertainty that this creates around Huawei’s supply chain, the U.K. can no longer be confident it will be able to guarantee the security of future 5G — Huawei 5G equipment — affected by the change in U.S. foreign direct product rules. The government agrees with the National Cybersecurity Center’s advice. The best way to secure our networks is for operators to stop using new affected Huawei equipment to build the U.K.’s future 5G networks. This will delay our rollout of 5G. Our decisions in January had already set back that rollout by a year and cost up to a billion pounds. Today’s decision to ban the procurement of new Huawei 5G equipment from the end of this year will delay rollout by a further year, and will add up to half a billion pounds to costs. This means a cumulative delay to 5G rollout of two to three years and costs of up to 2 billion pounds. This will have real consequences for the connections on which all our constituents rely.

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