UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027, siding with Trump over China

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Jul 14, 2020 at 8:44 PM
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by the end of 2027, risking the ire of China by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is not welcome in the West.
  • Reversing a January decision to allow Huawei to supply up to 35% of the non-core 5G network, Johnson banned British telecoms operators from buying any 5G equipment from Huawei by year-end and gave them seven years to rip out existing gear.
  • The ban will delay the roll-out of 5G – cast as the nervous system of the future economy – by two to three years, and add costs of up to 2 billion pounds ($2.5 billion).