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The UK and the US put on a show of unity against Huawei on Tuesday, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered stinging criticism of Beijing’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and urged like-minded nations to “push back” together against China’s threatening behaviour.
After doing a massive U-turn and banning Huawei’s 5G equipment for deployment on nationwide networks, with a goal of completely eradicating the telecom operator from the country by 2027, the UK government is looking for substitutes, and has reportedly contacted Japan.
The UK Government has admitted privately to Huawei that its decision to ban the company’s equipment was due to ‘geopolitical’ factors involving the US.
The UK Government has completely caved in to pressure from the US administration and backbench Tory MP's and has ordered telecoms companies to remove all Huawei equipment from the UK's 5G networks by 2027.
Huawei has encouraged the UK to consider its next move on 5G and says US sanctions which impact the firm’s ability to supply processors because of its telco kit won’t affect its supply chain.
BT and Vodafone have told UK lawmakers they would need at least five years to swap out equipment from Huawei if the government decides on strict rules that would ban the company’s products from being used in 5G mobile networks.
The UK government is holding a review into allowing telecoms companies to make use of the existing network of ducts, pipes and so on, as currently used by the likes of water and energy suppliers.