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UK bans installation of new Huawei equipment in 5G networks from September 2021: Reports

Telecom providers in the United Kingdom will have to stop installing Huawei equipment for 5G network infrastructure from September 2021. Oliver Dowden, the country's Digital Secretary, called for the "complete removal of high-risk vendors" from UK's 5G networks, reported The Guardian and BBC News. The government also unveiled a "5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy" that hopes to ensure UK is "never again dependent on a small number of suppliers." Dowden's announcement comes a day ahead of the Boris Johnson administration's new telecom security bill being laid in the parliament. The law, if passed, will give the UK the ability to set tighter restrictions and impose legal duties on telecom companies. No new equipment from September next year The UK had earlier this year decided to phase out Huawei from its 5G infrastructure by 2027. Telecom operators must now stop installing Huawei equipment in 5G networks (starting September 2021), but they can still maintain previously-installed Huawei equipment, Dowden reportedly said. Presumably, existing equipment will have to be phased out by 2027. In the diversification strategy document, Dowden said that the government wants most of UK's population to have 5G signal by 2027 so that it may benefit from its social and economic advantages. However, he said, 5G's potential could be realised only if the infrastructure is secure and resilient. To that end, the government has three core aims — supporting incumbent suppliers; attract new suppliers to UK; and accelerate development of "open-interface solutions". A fund of £250 million has been earmarked to…

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