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United Kingdom: Will it exclude Huawei from its 5G networks?

The UK government has received a report NCSC about Huawei, which may change its policy regarding the role of the Chinese company in telecommunications networks of the country. Although a few months ago it adopted a positive stance on Huawei's participation in its 5G networks, the United Kingdom now appears to be preparing to radically change its stance to ban telecommunications providers from using any of Huawei's equipment in their infrastructure. . Huawei's role in the UK appeared to have been settled in January, when the government set a limit on its market share in broadband and fixed-line fixed-line networks, and barred its participation in the 5G's most sensitive parts, known as " core". However, the USA then announced new ones sanctions banning the Chinese company and third parties from using its chips to use technology and software of the United States for the design and manufacture of its products.

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Washington claims Huawei is backed by the Chinese military and poses a threat to national security. NCSC looked at the impact of sanctions, including the fact that they prevent the company from using critical software to design and simulate chips before they are built, as well as prevent third-party manufacturers from using equipment required to produce some of them. the most advanced processors of Huawei.

Oliver Dowden, UK's digital digital policy officer, told the BBC that the danger lay in the fact that Huawei would have to start buying brands from elsewhere, which UK security officials may not be able to control properly. . He emphasized that the decision was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the issue, but said that the UK needed to be more discriminating with the help it render toward other high-risk suppliers, including Huawei. He also stressed that the country does not want to have high-risk suppliers in its networks.

As soon as the Ministry of Digital Culture, Media and Sports delivers its findings to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it will bring the matter before the National Security Council. Dowden said he wanted to inform Parliament of any policy change before the summer 22 parliamentary term. If the decision is upheld by the UK Security Council, providers will have to replace Huawei's equipment from their network infrastructure by 2027, although it is said that the time frame will reach 2023. Providers are opposed In such an action, as they believe that the development of 5G networks in the country will be greatly affected, costs will increase and innovation will decrease, which will have a negative impact on both consumers and businesses.


Huawei's reaction came from Victor Zhang, the company's vice president, who once again denied the allegations. In particular, Zhang said the company was trying to find new ways to manage the restrictions imposed by the United States so that the United Kingdom could maintain its course towards technology 5G. He also stressed that Huawei is open to talks with the government, saying it is too early to draw clear conclusions on US sanctions that do not apply to safety, but Huawei's position in the market. Zhang also noted that the world's leading equipment and products use technology and systems controlled by the UK government. Finally, he said that the technology of the Chinese technology giant has already been used in the infrastructure of 5G networks throughout the country and has helped in the communication of the residents in the midst of the quarantine imposed by the pandemic worldwide. COVID-19.


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