Mubasher: The UK government announced that it will ban mobile network operators from buying equipment from China’s Huawei by the end of 2020, CNBC reported on Tuesday.
From 2027, Huawei’s technology will be removed completely from the country’s 5G networks, the UK’s culture secretary Oliver Dowden said.
This decision is a massive U-turn, reversing the UK’s decision in January that gave the Chinese technology giant limited access to the country’s next-generation mobile networks.
This move will delay the country’s rollout of 5G mobile internet of up to three years and add costs of up to GBP 2 billion ($2.5 billion), Dowden added.
The Chinese tech firm called on the government to reconsider the decision.
“This disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the U.K. with a mobile phone,” Ed Brewster, a spokesperson for Huawei UK, told CNBC.
“It threatens to move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide.”