Huawei:ban threatens UK's digital future

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Added On July 15, 2020

 Chinese tech giant Huawei has expressed disappointment at the UK'S move to ban the company from its 5G networks.

 
Huawei says the decision will threaten to move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide.
 
News Hour has more.
 
A spokesperson for Huawei UK said on Tuesday that the move is bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone and that the company urges the British government to reconsider the decision.
 
The British government announced earlier that buying new Huawei 5G equipment will be banned after Dec. 31, 2020 and all Huawei equipment will be removed from the country's 5G networks by the end of 2027.
 
That was a U-turn from the government's plan in January, when it approved a restricted role for Huawei in helping build the country's 5G networks.
 
Huawei said it will conduct a detailed review of the announcement and will work with the UK government to explain how to continue to contribute to a better connected Britain.
 
Huawei has been operating in the British market for about two decades. It employs some 1,600 people in Britain and supplies telecoms network equipment to all the major mobile and broadband service providers in the country.
 
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden admitted that the latest decision by the British government is expected to delay the country's 5G roll-out.
 
Kester Mann with analyst firm CCS Insight said the decision came at an unfortunate time, as the demand for high-quality connectivity has never been higher due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The expert added that it will impact UK consumers who could end up paying more for their service and have to wait longer to connect.