Months after the UK imposed restrictions on how much 5G equipment Huawei can supply to the countrys network operators, Vodafone Group plc., one of the leading mobile operators in the world, has reportedly warned about the repercussions of removing Chinese telecom giant from the nations 5G network.
Vodafone said in the statement that the UK's hope to be a leader in 5G technology may suffer a major blow if it decides to remove Huawei’s equipment from the nation’s telecoms infrastructure.
Commenting on which, Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone UK said that the UK’s leadership in 5G technology will be lost if operators are forced to spend money and time replacing existing equipment.
Mr. Petty also advised the government to make efforts to strengthen 5G coverage and invest in cutting-edge technology instead of putting retractions on Chinese telecoms equipment maker
The nation already designated Huawei as a ‘high-risk vendor’ in January, restricting its 5G technology involvement at 35% and excluding it from core communication infrastructure. In a bid to create alternatives to Huawei, the government authorities in Britain also held talks on 5G networking equipment supplies with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and Japan’s NEC Corp.
From the past few years, Trump administration has been urging its allies to not use Huawei’s 5G technologies over security concerns. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has come under renewed pressure from White House and lawmakers in his party. They claimed that this equipment may be used by Beijing for spying. However, Huawei has repeatedly denied these allegations.
London is planning to completely restrict the use of Huawei’s equipment and technology in communication infrastructure by 2023.
In the past month, the relation between China and Britain has been growing tense over Beijing’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic and the situation in Hong Kong, where Chinese government authorities have imposed a new security law.