United Kingdom plans to end HUAWEI's involvement in its 5G infrastructure by 2023


As per a report from TheGuardian, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed officials to move forward with plans that would effectively end HUAWEI's involvement in the country's 5G infrastructure.

In recent months, several European operators such as Telefónica or Vodafone have announced that will gradually withdraw the presence of Huawei equipment from the critical cores of 5G networks, in order to have several providers of that infrastructure.

The new plan to reduce Huawei's involvement in the UK's 5G network brings the country in alignment with a position that the U.S. has championed for quite some time now.

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Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, also commented on the government's plans, saying that Huawei is "actually owned by the Chinese Communist Party".

Huawei has always denied that it would help the Chinese government attack one of its clients.

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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.

According to The Times report earlier on Friday, Johnson also discussed with civil servants to explore options and minimize China's involvement in other sectors as well including strategic imports and vital medical supplies. The policy has been dubbed "Project Defend".

The UK government is conducting a new review into the impact of allowing Huawei telecoms equipment to be used in British 5G networks. Yesterday, following Conservative MP Richard Drax 's questions to urge Johnson to copy France's review of defence supply chains because of concerns China is buying up companies at risk of going bust during the pandemic, Johnson told the Commons: "Drax is absolutely right to be concerned about investment, to be concerned about the buying up of United Kingdom technology by countries that. may have ulterior motives". Beijing denies USA allegations it has not been transparent about the outbreak.

The US has previously raised security concerns about the use of Huawei equipment, warning allies that use of it in their networks means they face being cut off from intelligence feeds.

These measures follow increasing criticism against Beijing after its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.