Media outlet Neowin quoted BBC News as saying the British government is expected to decide on Tuesday whether to allow Huawei to participate in the construction of a local 5G network. In recent weeks, the US government has reportedly stepped up its lobbying efforts to dissuade British authorities from allowing Huawei’s technology to be used. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council on Tuesday local time, at which a decision will be made. Unfortunately, the decision will not be announced publicly immediately.
In an interview, Mr Johnson said the BRITISH government would come up with a solution that would benefit consumers and safeguard the country’s national security. Since Huawei’s hardware is cheaper for network installation, Mr Johnson’s comments may mean that Huawei’s hardware could be allowed, but Huawei’s devices are not allowed to be used as “core” components in 5G network construction.
If the UK wants to ban Huawei from building 5G, the company behind the UK’s 5G network could run into problems, according to reports. Huawei has been with BT for 15 years. Professor Alan Woodward, of the University of Surrey, told the BBC that the existing 5G connections in the UK depended on Huawei’s infrastructure. The ban would allow telecoms companies to buy hardware from Ericsson and Nokia at higher prices and then transfer it to customers.