London Asked Japan For Help In Creating A 5G Network Without Huawei's Participation
The British government has asked Japan to help build a 5G telecommunications network in the country without involving the equipment of the Chinese company Huawei, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday.
According to him, alternative equipment suppliers London named Japanese companies NEC Corp and Fujitsu Ltd.
This week, the UK decided to abandon Huawei equipment when creating a 5G network by the end of 2027. The move reflects the UK's efforts to attract new equipment suppliers to boost competition and reduce costs for the country's wireless operators, the report said.
Earlier it was reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered to completely clear the British 5G network from Huawei equipment by 2027.
The Minister for digital, culture, media and sport, Oliver Dowden, said that 5G technology would be a "revolutionary achievement" for the UK, but only with confidence "in the security and sustainability of the infrastructure on which it is built."
"After the US imposed sanctions against Huawei and our cyber technology experts updated their technical recommendations, the government decided that it was necessary to ban Huawei's participation in our 5G networks," the Minister added.
He noted that from January 2021, "no new equipment will be purchased, and by the end of 2027, Huawei will be completely excluded from British 5G networks."
Huawei's official representative expressed disappointment with the decision of the British authorities.
"This disappointing decision is bad news for all mobile phone owners in the UK; this threatens to put the UK in a slow digital mode, increased bills, and deepen the digital divide. Instead of leveling the level with an increase, the government decided to lower it, and we urge them to reconsider this decision, " he said.