London, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom’s government announced on Tuesday that mobile providers will be banned from buying 5G equipment from Huawei from 2021.
They must also remove all equipment from the Chinese technology company from the UK by 2027.
It came after the United States imposed sanctions on Huawei over concerns about the safety of national security.
In January the UK authorized Huawei to access nonstrategic parts of the 5G network, deeming at the time that it represented a “controllable” risk for national security.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the decision to the House of Commons on Tuesday.
He said the circumstances have changed due to fresh sanctions announced in May by the US, which is embroiled in a trade war with China, to disrupt Huawei’s ability to manufacture chips.
The US sanctions will limit the tech giant’s ability to produce important products, creating uncertainty around the supply chain, the minister added.
He said the UK does not have the confidence to be able to guarantee the safety of future Huawei 5G equipment.
Dowden told UK operators not to buy this kit from Huawei after 31 December and that once the telecom security law is passed, it will be illegal to do so.
He admitted that the exclusion of the Chinese company will slow down the development of the high-speed network in the country and increase the cost by up to £2 billion.