The UK had a change of heart about Huawei.
On Tuesday, the UK government announced it has banned mobile providers in the country from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after the end of 2020. And it said all Huawei 5G equipment must be removed from their networks by 2027.
The decision comes six months after the UK allowed the Chinese company to have a limited role in Britain’s 5G networks. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre was previously reported as saying that Huawei 5G equipment does not present very big risks for the country.
It appears that the UK’s decision was a result of pressure from its own Conservative Party and the United States. The U.S. considered changing its intelligence-sharing policy with the UK if the country chose to rely on Huawei 5G equipment. Read more…