Huawei banned from UK 5G networks in major government U-turn – BBC News



The UK has banned the Chinese company, Huawei, from its 5G networks, saying keeping the country secure has to be its top priority.

It’s a major U-turn after the Prime Minister said in January that the firm could be allowed a limited role in the new era of faster technology.

But Boris Johnson has come under pressure from the United States to change course. China has called the decision wrong and disappointing and questioned whether the UK can provide a fair environment for business.

The decision means that telecoms firms in the UK will be banned from buying new 5G Huawei equipment beyond this year. Existing Huawei technology will be removed from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027.

It could mean the rollout of 5G is delayed for two to three years in the UK and may cost an extra £2 billion. It has also raised questions about the future of wider Chinese investment in the British economy.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Security Correspondent Gordon Corera, Business Editor Simon Jack, Political Correspondent Vicki Young at Westminster and North America Editor Jon Sopel in Washington.

Please subscribe HERE

47 Replies to “Huawei banned from UK 5G networks in major government U-turn – BBC News”

  1. Bryan Max

    A company owned by a former military officer under ma Zedong wants to build your infrastructure. Why can't you see the security risk in that??

  2. S W

    it reminds me of the weapon of mass destruction lies fabricated by both American president George W Bush and UK Tony Blair. Both of them are war criminals but because of the control they have towards media and countries, none of them has been brought to the court yet. Back to Huawei 5G, it is not about security, but politics. Only the fools would believe in lies from the west.

  3. Mak Dee

    Let's ban Huawei from using 5G networks but still continue to sell shoes that were made in sweatshops cough cough vietnam Logic = 100 insert Skyrim meme

  4. jason mraz miracle

    British :HUAWEI, you do not place a backdoor to my daddy(USA) ,i will ban you,.i will only use the nokia,coz it provides the backdoor for my usa daddy.i wanna be a good puppy of the usa,i don't want to annoy my daddy.

  5. Ha Ha

    Perhaps all 54 commonwealth countries should withdrawn their membership immediately to protest against their history of invasion.

  6. ssdfrs ohuiu

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is behind Huawei, the most powerful telecommunications companys in China. Huawei masquerades as and claims to be a private company, but its real behind-the-scenes commanders are the Chinese government and the Chinese People's Liberation Army under the leadership of CCP.
    in China, nothing can escape from the control of CCP, that's the basic premise in China.
    Take for example the universities and colleges in China:
    CCP understands the importance of technology, many of China's top science and technology universities belong to the 985 and 211 projects, the first-class universities cultivating projects in China. These universities, some were directly founded by CCP, with the help of Soviet Union. Others were revamped from earlier existed universities, which were taken over by CCP, in the early days of its rule in china.
    The most important meaning for CCP to maintain these universities and other research institutions, is to train technical personnel in various fields, especially military industry. The main meaning of the existances of these universities is to provide technical supports for CCP's rule.
    Unlike the famous universities in many other countrys, whose reputations and status are built independently, and whose financial sources are sought independently. For universities in china, all of the above are assigned by CCP. CCP determines if an university is prioritized, CCP determines an university can enroll students in which score ranges, CCP determines how much fund to be assigned to an university every year, CCP determines how the research projects at different levels to be assigned to universites, CCP determines everything.
    In China there is no real academic freedom, all universites are subordinate to CCP.
    So you can imagine what it is like in Huawei.

  7. Philip Chan

    DoD already used up a big part of the 5G MMW frequencies (spectrum allocation for 5G), leaving less commercial use. The excerpt below explains why the U.S. is still struggling with 5G in terms of implementation. According to the National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies document and excerpt to find out why the U.S. is still behind with 5G in building up capacity.

    ("The Department of Defense (DOD), however, holds large portions of the usable spectrum. Although DOD uses certain MMW frequencies for high-profile military applications such as Advanced Extremely High-Frequency satellites that provide assured global communications for U.S. forces, it extensively uses sub-6 frequencies—leaving less sub-6 availability in the United States than in other countries. The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) advised DOD to consider sharing sub-6 spectrum to facilitate the build-out of 5G networks and the development of 5G technologies used in the sub-6 band. While DOD has been moving toward greater spectrum sharing, it has expressed concern that sharing presents operational, interference, and security issues for DOD users. As an alternative to spectrum sharing, some analysts have argued that portions of the sub-6 spectrum should be reserved for commercial use. This would require DOD to relocate certain applications to other parts of the spectrum. The DIB estimates this approach would take around 10 years to complete, as opposed to 5 years for spectrum sharing.")

  8. A D

    Buy Huawei and get a spying service at no extra cost. Do not trust CCP. World can live with 4g till some democratic country comes up with a solution

  9. Philip Chan

    (("The Department of Defense (DOD), however, holds large portions of the usable spectrum. Although DOD uses certain MMW frequencies for high-profile military applications such as Advanced Extremely High-Frequency satellites that provide assured global communications for U.S. forces, it extensively uses sub-6 frequencies—leaving less sub-6 availability in the United States than in other countries. The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) advised DOD to consider sharing sub-6 spectrum to facilitate the build-out of 5G networks and the development of 5G technologies used in the sub-6 band. While DOD has been moving toward greater spectrum sharing, it has expressed concern that sharing presents operational, interference, and security issues for DOD users. As an alternative to spectrum sharing, some analysts have argued that portions of the sub-6 spectrum should be reserved for commercial use. This would require DOD to relocate certain applications to other parts of the spectrum. The DIB estimates this approach would take around 10 years to complete, as opposed to 5 years for spectrum sharing."))
    DoD already used up a big part of the 5G MMW frequencies (spectrum allocation for 5G), leaving less commercial use. The excerpt below explains why the U.S. is still struggling with 5G in terms of implementation. According to the National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies document and excerpt to find out why the U.S. is still behind with 5G in building up capacity.

  10. Lacey Pelham

    it isn't enough to want to be king of america, trump wants england as well. honestly he probaby would like to take over the planet so he can bankrupt the entirety of earth.

  11. Garish Rodrigues

    Investment from the CCP has blood in them. Wake up Brits. The whole world is fighting back. So…………Good Bye Huawei. Tik Tok, WeChat, Aliabab, Tencent……..anything, everything Chi Na has to go. Good Bye Chi Na. Good Bye.

  12. Vegeta DBZA

    Basically trump sanctioned the company so they couldn't get chips made and third party chips where a security issue for the uk the USA screwed the company and the uk because trump couldn't get his way now the uk could have struck a deal to make there chips for them to continue this deal trump told a load of bullshit about the company and when the uk didn't listen he found a way to screw us the uk should look at this again and strike a deal ignore the USA tell them to fuck off open reach have teamed with USA to build full fibre network do u see what's going on the USA wasn't getting a slice of the cake so sanctioned a company to stop the uk build the 5g network

  13. TaiKa

    UK is technologically behind. In Japan I was constantly 4g connected but here I'm mostly on Edge network which is slower than 3g, and that's in central London. What a joke!

  14. Tarjanyi Andew

    Is this Britain willing to be the dog of the United States? Abandoning Huawei will definitely make the UK regret it!You will understand how powerful China is now!

  15. Xin Li

    See, I don’t really understand why this is such a big issue because now these days doesn’t matter what phone or devices you use, the big CIA and NSA spy on you regardless, so what does it matter if you are using a huawei or a iPhone???

  16. Feng Xu

    Nokia and Ericsson cost almost 40% more than huawei, wondering who's gonna foot the bill? The American? The UK government? Or us consumers?

  17. Cliff Chen

    this is so unfair. The Western call themselves opened economy, then why ban HUAWEI like this, why arrest the CEO's daughter. All their words are Bullshit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *