Boris Johnson has ordered all Huawei technology to be stripped out of the UK’s 5G network by 2027.
In a major U-turn, the prime minister also banned the purchase of any new 5G equipment from the Chinese tech giant from the end of this year.
Borris Johnson and senior ministers agreed to the removal of Huawei technology within the next seven years at a meeting of the National Security Council in Downing Street on Tuesday morning.
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The government acknowledged the move would delay the roll-out of 5G in the UK by two to three years and increase costs by up to £2bn.
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Huawei has consistently denied allegations it could carry out cyber espionage or electronic sabotage at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party.
China has been refuting US claim of Huawei security threat and put the telecom giant professionally managed telecom company.
Huawei has requested meeting with the British PM to work out a deal to delay its potential removal from the country’s 5G phone network until after elections in June 2025, in the expectation that the new government may reverse the decision.