United Kingdom to Stop Using Huawei Equipment in 5G Networks

The UK reportedly plans to phase out Huawei equipment from its 5G networks

UK plans to cut reliance on China for strateg...

Huawei and Downing Street did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Huawei vice-president Victor Zhang said that the reports of a U-turn on the deal "simply don't make sense", according to Politico. Chinese technology giant Huawei is one of the leading companies in this new generation connection technology.

Critics argue it is a security risk to allow the Chinese company to play any role at all in the UK's 5G network, due to of fears it could be used by Beijing to spy on or even sabotage communications.

However, the cost of honoring the existing 35% cap on Huawei is about £500 million and it might be more expensive to drop the Chinese manufacturer, not to mention the UK's plans to bring fiber internet access to every home could be seriously affected.

According to experts, Johnson's announcement is aimed at minimizing the country's reliance on China to progress trade relations with the United States of America optimally.

Earlier on Friday, The Times, another British daily reported that Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end Britain's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports.

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Senior preachers additionally desire to reduce the UK's financial dependance on China for necessary items in the light of the dilemma as well as have actually started to formulate "Project Defend" targeted at increasing British self adequacy in tactical clinical as well as technical fields- adhering to cautions from knowledge companies that the United Kingdom required to reassess its partnership with China. Beijing denies these allegations.

In January, after a prolonged and hard debate, the government chose to allow Huawei to play a role in 5G but to limit its market share to 35% of the network and keep it out of the most sensitive parts.

Recently, China has faced mounting worldwide criticism over how it handled the coronavirus outbreak.

When Johnson-with the support of intelligence officials-allowed Huawei into their 5G networks in January, he maintained at the time that the security risks associated with using the company's equipment could be subdued.

Complications were recently raised between the USA and China again in recent weeks as Washington blamed China for the Coronavirus pandemic that has so far infected more than 5 million people worldwide and caused over 340,000 deaths.

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