In more bad news for Chinese company Huawei, the UK government have today decided to backtrack on their original plan to allow 35% of network equipment to be provided by Huawei.
The new decision today takes that’s percentage down to zero, meaning by 2027 UK networks cannot have any Huawei equipment in their network.
The pressure has been getting stronger and stronger over recent times ever since US president Donald Trump took the action to ban US companies from dealing with Huawei, something which hit the smartphone manufacturer in a big way not belong allowed to use Google Mobile Services on their more recent phones such as the P40 Series.
This next blow comes at a time when the UK is busy rolling out the next generation of mobile network, 5G, and until now Huawei have had a big part in that.
Huawei strongly deny any issues with their company and any involvement in the matters that have been mentioned about them in the past.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed Tuesday’s further action on Huawei in a statement to the House of Commons, as he announced the measures would be put into law by the forthcoming telecomms security bill.
He told MPs: “By the time of the next election we will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks.
“We have not taken this decision lightly and I must be frank about the decision’s consequences for every constituency in this country; this will delay our roll-out of 5G.
“Our decisions in January had already set back that roll-out by a year and cost up to £1bn.
“Today’s decision to ban procurement of new Huawei equipment from the end of this year will delay roll-out by a further year and will add up to half a billion pounds in costs.
“Requiring operators, in addition, to remove Huawei equipment from their 5G networks by 2027 will add hundreds of millions of pounds further to the costs and further delay roll-out.
“This means a cumulative delay to 5G roll-out of two to three years and costs of up to £2bn.”
The sad news for consumers is this will no doubt delay the rollout of the new technology and cost companies a lot more money over time to replace the existing equipment.