UK Extends Deadline to Remove Huawei from 5G Networks

TECHNOLOGY

The government of the United Kingdom has extended the deadline to remove equipment and services from Huawei in core network functions to December 31st, 2023, after consulting with the company and telecommunication companies.

According to the UK government, the deadline will remove all Huawei gear from 5G networks in the country by the end of 2027. UK government extended a requirement to limit Huawei to 35 percent of the full fibre access network by three months to October 31st, 2023. The United Kingdom has decided to ban Huawei and several other vendors it deems a security risk from its 5G networks in 2020, followed by pressure from the United States.

The ban, which came into force in 2021, required operators such as BT, Hutchison, and Vodafone, to switch to alternative suppliers, and remove Huawei equipment installed on their networks.

However, the UK government has given operators an extra year before they have to get Huawei equipment out of their networks by extending the deadline for operators to remove services and equipment to 2023.

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Michelle Donelan, digital secretary of the United Kingdom, said that they must have confidence in the security of their phone and internet networks because it highlights so much about their economy and everyday lives.