UK Is Looking Into Huawei Alternatives From Japan For Its 5G Networks
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced last week that it has ordered for Huawei equipment to be completely removed from Britain’s 5G Networks by the end of 2027. Instead, the British government is looking to rely on Japan to help with its 5G wireless Networks, reports Reuters.
As per the report, Britain is looking into NEC Corp and Fujitsu Ltd as potential alternative suppliers for the Huawei technologies. Two days after Johnson announced the Huawei ban decision, British officials met with their counterparts in Tokyo to discuss future prospects. The move is aimed towards bringing in new equipment suppliers to promote competition and cut down costs around its wireless carriers. According to British digital minister, Oliver Dowden, UK was working with its allies to bring up rivals for Huawei from countries including Finland, Sweden, South Korea, and Japan.
“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run. By the time of the next election, we will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks”, Digital Minister, Oliver Dowden had told parliament.
The reason behind the UK’s sudden turning decision in ts policy regarding Huawei can be owed to new US sanctions on Huawei chip technology. Because of this, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre considers Huawei “not a reliable supplier”.
The complete Huawei ban has been set for December 31, 2027.