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UK bans installation of Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021

UK bans installation of Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021

The UK government has laid out a roadmap for removing all telecoms equipment made by “high risk vendors,” including Huawei, from the country’s 5G network by its deadline of 2027. As part of its plans, UK carriers will no longer be able to install Huawei equipment beginning September 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said on Monday.

In July, the government announced it was banning Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G network, with a deadline of 2027 for removing the kit. The decision is a reversal of an announcement made in January, in which the country said Huawei would have its market share capped at 35% and its equipment wouldn’t be allowed in core parts of the network.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under increased pressure from the US over the past year to follow in its footsteps by banning Huawei outright. But it took the introduction of new US trade sanctions in May that prevented the company from using US technology in its own products for the UK to finally issue a ban of its own.

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