On July 14, the British Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden announced that the United Kingdom had decided to stop using Huawei equipment in 5G construction.
According to media reports, the British government will stop purchasing new Huawei equipment from December 31, 2020. In addition, Huawei equipment currently used in the UK 5G network must be removed by 2027.
In response, Huawei UK spokesman Edward Brewster issued a statement responding that the decision was disappointing and bad news for all mobile phone users in the UK. This may cause the UK to fall into the slow lane of digital development, increase consumer spending on communications, and deepen the digital divide.
On the afternoon of the 14th, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed that the British Prime Minister is about to ban Huawei technology from participating in 5G construction.
Whether it can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies in the UK is the UK market after Brexit. The touchstone of the trend is also a barometer of the safety of Chinese investment in the UK, and China will pay close attention to it.
In fact, the UK’s ban on Huawei equipment has long caused dissatisfaction with its domestic telecommunications giant.
On July 9th, the BBC website published a report entitled “If Huawei’s 5G ban is implemented before 2023, the UK will face mobile phone disconnection.” After 3 years to divest Huawei equipment in its 5G network, their British customers will face a disruption in cell phone signals.
Executives of the two mobile network providers told British lawmakers that if such a ban is to be enacted, they hope to get at least five years to transition, preferably seven years.
On July 13th, according to the British local media “The Guardian”, British Telecom Group CEO Philip Jansen (Philip Jansen) said that refusing Huawei may cause anger and security risks.
In an interview with BBC Channel 4, Philip Jensen stated that Huawei has been in the BT infrastructure for 20 years and is the main supplier of many telecom operators including BT.
It is unlikely that it will be possible in the next 10 years. Completely removing Huawei equipment from the BT infrastructure, refusing Huawei will put the services of 24 million BT users in uncertainty, which may cause anger and security risks.
Although the British telecommunications giant has repeatedly warned the British government of this “unwise” behavior, it still has not prevented the British from “making troubles” with Huawei.
The following is the full text of Huawei’s statement:
This decision is disappointing and is bad news for all mobile phone users in the UK. This may cause the UK to fall into the slow lane of digital development, increase consumer spending on communications, and deepen the digital divide.
Instead of “improving” this move, it will reduce the level of British development. We urge the British government to reconsider this decision. We are confident that the new US regulatory measures will not affect the resilience and safety of the products we provide to the UK.
The spokesperson also expressed regret that Huawei’s future development in the UK was politicized. This move stems from US trade policy, not security issues. Over the past 20 years, Huawei has focused on building better network connections in the UK. As a responsible enterprise, we will continue to support our customers as always.
We will carefully examine the impact of today’s statement on our future UK business and communicate with the UK government to clarify how we will continue to help the UK build better network connections.