UK Expected To Decide On Huawei 5G Next Week

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  • There have been speculations that Britain will allow Huawei into “non-core” elements of the next-generation 5G mobile networks
  • Banning Huawei completely can cost “billions” of pounds and delay the rollout of 5G and full-fibre broadband said an official

According to a report by the Economic Times, an official said that Britain is expected to announce next week whether it will allow China’s Huawei to develop its 5G network. The official added that the decision has not been taken yet but it is likely to be next week.

The report said that there have been speculations that Britain will allow Huawei into “non-core” elements of the next-generation 5G mobile networks. These include antennae and base stations attached to masts and roofs. The report added that British Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said this week that a decision will be taken soon. She added that many factors were being considered. These factors include “the availability of other providers” and “the work that Huawei has already done in the United Kingdom”.

Banning Huawei completely can cost “billions” of pounds

According to the report, the official said that Britain -unlike the United States had been using Huawei technology in its systems for the past 15 years. He added that security agencies believe they have managed the risk so far and they will be able to do the same with 5G network. Banning Huawei completely can cost “billions” of pounds and delay the rollout of 5G and full-fibre broadband.

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