UK reportedly banning installation of Huawei 5G equipment from September next year

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By now the ongoing saga between Huawei and the United States is well documented, with the change in leadership in the US potentially bringing about policy changes too.

While we wait for word on that front, the UK government is forging ahead with its removal of Huawei 5G infrastructure.

More specifically a report by the Financial Times (paywall) explains that the UK government will ban the sale of any Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021 onwards.

This is the first significant step in a process outlined by leaders in the region which aims to remove all traces of the Chinese firm’s technology by 2027.

This latest decision follows the move to ban the purchasing of any Huawei 5G equipment from January of next year in the UK.

As such, any networks or telecoms service providers who may have been stockpiling 5G tech in the hopes of rolling out any of their own solutions, will need to look elsewhere if they plan to launch a project later in 2021.

That said, those who already have the necessary 5G equipment stockpiled and launch a project before the September deadline, may still be able to operate with the technology, according to the BBC.

There is also the fact that 5G-supporting Huawei phones will be entering and leaving the region once COVID-19-restricted travel is once again allowed.

Either way this decision leaves the door open to operators like Nokia and Ericsson, both of whom are viewed as the next best competitors in terms of 5G technology. There could also be scope for an organisation like Samsung to enter the fray, as the South Korean firm is currently partnering with Verizon on its 5G project Stateside.

As the UK looks to bring its recent Telecommunications Security Bill to the fore, Huawei will likely learn its precise fate later this week, when the guidelines and law around the ban on the company will be discussed and finalised in British Parliament.

With the war on Huawei far from over, it will be interesting to see what other regions decide to ban the use of the company’s 5G tech moving forward.

[Image – Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash]

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.