Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK) Boris Johnson has begun preparations to remove Huawei devices from 5G networks in his country.
According to the reports, the British government may exclude Huawei from the process of forming 5G networks this year.
Reports further stated that the UK’s National Cyber Security Center has concluded that US sanctions could lead to Chinese companies using unreliable technology, which could pose security threats.
Boris Johnson approved Huawei’s role in setting up a 5G network in the UK in January this year, subject to certain conditions.
The approval excluded Huawei from building core parts of 5G networks and did not allow it to operate in sensitive geographical locations.
The approval came after the United States urged its ally to ban the Chinese company.
It is pertinent to mention here that the United States had blacklisted Huawei in May 2019 and the US President had banned the Chinese company in an executive order justifying national security concerns.
The ban was extended for another year in May this year.
Now, according to the latest reports, British authorities are planning to remove Huawei kits used in 5G networks, but the timing has not been determined yet.
Similarly, no date has yet been set for the National Security Council to discuss the issue.
Oliver Dowden, Britain’s culture secretary, told American media outlet Sky News that if the United States imposes the sanctions, UK believes it will have a significant impact on the sustainability of Huawei’s devices and if the change is necessary then the UK will make it clear in parliament how and when this decision can be made.
He later told LBC Radio that a statement on Huawei would be made in parliament before July 22.