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UK plans to order Huawei’s complete withdrawal from its 5G network

The British Government has opened a consultation process with the main teleoperators operating in its territory before ordering the “withdrawal of all Huawei equipment from 5G networks by the end of 2027,” Boris Johnson’s Executive reported this Monday. The package of measures also includes provisions to completely stop the installation of the Chinese firm’s devices immediately.

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“The Government considers that preventing any future installation of this equipment addresses the risk to national security that Huawei poses in full fiber networks, but will study the opinions of those consulted before making a final decision,” he advances. the notice From london. This consultation is required by the Telecommunications Act enacted in November, although since July 2020 London has been asking its telecommunications companies to reduce reliance on Huawei equipment affected by US sanctions.

The consultation will last four weeks and the British Government will also seek the opinion of the Chinese company. “From Huawei we take note of the Government’s consultation and we will continue to support our customers in the United Kingdom with our network equipment, which is recognized as one of the safest and most reliable in the world,” explain company sources consulted by .

“Political pressures have already forced the government to exclude Huawei from the 5G network, delaying its rollout for several years. These same pressures will jeopardize the rollout of fiber broadband, unnecessarily raising costs for businesses and households.” , add the same sources: “The United Kingdom has the right to expect that decisions are made based on facts and not on unfounded security issues.”

Johnson’s executive order includes the express measure of removing Huawei equipment from the “core” of UK telecommunications networks within a year. This is the most critical part of the infrastructure and the one that raises the concerns of Western governments about a possible “back door” left by Huawei so that Chinese agents can infiltrate the network.

In Spain, the operators explained to that Huawei devices “are in the radio part of the network and only a very small percentage in the core (the one that contains the largest amount of sensitive information).” In 2020, the Government presented a security law for 5G that includes special controls for “high-risk suppliers” and that allows them to be withdrawn in the event of suspicions about their performance.

The law received last December the positioning in favor of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC). “Among the evaluation criteria of the risk profile are included technical aspects and geopolitical aspects that can impact security, such as the level of exposure to interference from third countries. Therefore, the measures related to the risk profile of the suppliers can alter the conditions of competition in the market”, it reflected, for which it urged the Government to take this matter into account in the final wording.

The alarm around Huawei was sparked in the spring of 2019, when former US President Donald Trump sanctioned this manufacturer with a complete veto, accusing it of working for the Chinese government. The order forced digital multinationals to cut off their relations with Huawei, which affects both communications networks and software and is the reason why, for example, mobile phones of this brand cannot install Google’s Android operating system. .