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The United Kingdom will remove its network to 5G of any equipment Huawei

Huawei judge in return "unfortunate that (his) future in the United Kingdom has been politicized, because of us trade policy and not for reasons of security".

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The United Kingdom will remove its network to 5G of any equipment Huawei

Huawei judge in return "unfortunate that (his) future in the United Kingdom has been politicized, because of us trade policy and not for reasons of security".

The United Kingdom announced on Tuesday that it would eliminate its network to 5G of any equipment produced by the chinese giant Huawei because of a risk to the security of the country, a hardening of position could exacerbate tensions with Beijing. The purchase of new equipment, Huawei will be prohibited after December 31, 2020 and the existing equipment will need to be removed by 2027.

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"The best way to secure our network is that operators cease using the equipment Huawei to build the network in the future 5G uk", said the minister responsible for Culture and the Digital, Oliver Dowden, the house of Commons at the end of a meeting of the national security Council (NSC) chaired by the Prime minister Boris Johnson. "This has not been an easy decision, but it is good for the telecom networks uk, for our national security and for our economy - now and in the long term," he added.

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Huawei denounced a decision "politicized"

In a press release, Huawei has deemed it "unfortunate that (his) future in the United Kingdom has been politicized, because of us trade policy and not for reasons of security". It is also "bad news for all those who have a mobile phone in the Uk" as this decision "is likely to slow down the progress of digital in the country, raise invoices and increase the digital divide."

London was subjected for months to strong pressure from the administration to Trump, who accuses Huawei of espionage in the pay of Beijing - which he denies. According to Oliver Dowden, the us sanctions imposed in may, the chinese giant, intended to cut off access to Huawei to semi-conductors manufactured with u.s. components, have weighed in with the british decision. London was concerned that an appeal to the group to spare components that might pose new risks in terms of cyber security.

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Despite several warnings for the u.s., the british government had allowed in January by the telecom giant chinese to build up to 35% of infrastructure non-strategic need to deploy the new network 5G of the country. But in the face of the grumbling from Washington and from conservative mps, the government had hinted that it would harden its position, highlighting the security risk that may represent the presence of the oem in its infrastructure.

The patrons of the telephone operators, like BT and Vodafone, have warned that a total withdrawal of the equipment Huawei the british network would be "impossible" under ten years of age, and can cause crashes and security problems. Last week, Huawei had provided that its exclusion would affect "the future of the digital strategy (...) of the United Kingdom", claiming that a delay of two years would cost the economy $ 29 billion pounds (about 32 billion euros at current prices).

other suppliers in competition

While Boris Johnson had made the improvements to the network of telecom uk, a campaign promise, his Culture minister, acknowledged on Tuesday that the exclusion of Huawei would delay the deployment of the 5G in the Uk of "two to three years," resulting in a cost ranging "up to 2 billion pounds (about 2.20 billion). Discussions are underway with other suppliers, the japanese NEC, and the south Korean Samsung, has he said.

This decision is also likely to sour relations between the Uk and China, already degraded in recent years after having experienced a "golden age" under the former conservative Prime minister, David Cameron.

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While the Uk, search for new allies, especially in Asia, since its exit from the european Union at the end of January, its relationship with Beijing became strained recently, with the entry into force in Hong Kong of a controversial law on the security imposed by Beijing, which was opposed by London. Downing Street has promised to extend rights to immigration, and ultimately, the access to british citizenship for millions of inhabitants of its former colony, a measure denounced by China as an "interference coarse" in its internal affairs.

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