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UK orders all mobile providers to cut ties with Huawei by 2027

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 2:51 PM

As widely expected, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to end the Chinese technology giant Huawei's role in the development of the UK's 5G network.

The PM has ordered all the UK's mobile providers to stop buying new Huawei 5G equipment after December 31 and then to remove all the technology giant's 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

Johnson's decision was relayed by digital secretary, Oliver Dowden, to the House of Commons earlier today.

The PM's decision is a victory both for the US government (which had been lobbying the UK for months to ditch Huawei) in addition to a powerful anti-China faction in the ruling Tory party.

Only six months ago Johnson agreed for a limited Huawie role in the development of the UK's national 5G network but the PM was immediately subjected to intense pressure and lobbying to reverse his decision.

According to multiple reports, the PM and senior ministers agreed to the expulsion of Huawei at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) earlier this morning.

Sky News is claiming there were "tense exchanges" during the NSC meeting as Huawei's fate in Britain was decided.

But the UK's decision does not come without costs both in terms of time and money.

The government has already acknowledged the move would delay the roll-out of 5G in the UK by two to three years and increase costs by up to £2 billion.

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