To execute the prohibition on Huawei’s 5G equipment, a formal consultation has been conducted by government officials.
As part of a consultation process, wireless carriers are being asked for their thoughts on the legal tools that will be used to enforce the ban on Huawei 5G equipment in their networks.
It was announced in July 2021 that all mobile operators will be prohibited from acquiring new Huawei 5G radio gear starting in 2021 and must remove any equipment placed in their 5G networks by 2027, reversing the earlier government position.
Huawei has a presence in the UK
Telecommunications (Security) legislation has now become law and the legal instruments are next in line to implement it. Operators will be required to comply with rules for the use of Huawei equipment, and a notice designating Huawei as a high-risk vendor will be included in these documents.
Additional proposals include steps to prohibit fixed broadband providers from adopting Huawei equipment that has been subject to separate US penalties.
Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary, said, “The government is dedicated to guaranteeing the security and resilience of our phone and internet networks.” New rules were passed last year to safeguard the UK’s infrastructure from high-risk suppliers and to impose harsh consequences on those who fail to meet our high security requirements. This engagement is an important next step in addressing Huawei’s security concerns.”
At every step, the government has stated that the National Cyber Security Council (NCSC) has been engaged and that it would consider the industry’s opinions before reaching a final decision.
BT’s granting of a contract to Huawei in 2005 was the catalyst for the company’s worldwide development, which had been in the works for two decades. Huawei has since become a supplier to all four mobile providers.
Any accusations of malfeasance or security danger are categorically refuted by it.
It’s important to Huawei that their network equipment, which is widely regarded as among the most secure and trustworthy in the world, remains available to UK consumers, according to a Huawei spokeswoman.
“Political pressures have already forced the Government to exclude Huawei from 5G, delaying its rollout by several years. These same pressures will jeopardise the rollout of fibre broadband, unnecessarily pushing up costs for businesses and families. The country has the right to expect decisions to be made based on facts rather than unfounded security concerns.”
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