In recent reports from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.K. has decided to ban Huawei technology completely before the year ends.
The decision of the U.K. to swiftly impose tougher measures on the Chinese tech giant came about after a breaking tweet from the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to start the month.
BREAKING NEWS: The @FCC has designated #Huawei and #ZTE as companies posing a national security threat to the United States. As a result, telecom companies cannot use money from our $8.3B Universal Service Fund on equipment or services produced or provided by these suppliers. 1/5 pic.twitter.com/dH6QK4jbd4
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) June 30, 2020
With the announcement of both Huawei and ZTE being tagged as “threats to national security,” the U.K. is now ramping up its plans to get rid of Huawei tech by the end of the year, as per The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph.
A quick recap of the U.K. relationship with Huawei
Last May, CNBC reported U.S. rules on selling chips to Huawei which requires a license to do so. Later on, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the U.K. launched an emergency review of Huawei’s role.
In addition, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had agreed last January that he will allow Huawei to operate in the U.K. networks with a limited role.
It even reached a point where the Chinese tech giant tried to sway the U.K. through a marketing ad campaign to regain trust. The limited role deal satisfied Beijing but the U.S. got bothered in the process as per Sky News.
Despite the U.S. wanting involvement in setting standards for 5G with Huawei last month, it looks like this recent news from the FCC may also affect their interests with the Chinese tech giant.
The U.S. has been vocal for over a year convincing nations to block Huawei from their 5G networks, per CNBC.
The U.S. pressure on Huawei sent a major u-turn for the U.K.
The recent announcement of the FCC has led the GCHQ to revise its previous assurance that the risks posed by the Chinese technology giant can be safely managed. In addition, the NCSC has also concluded that Huawei’s products are not secure after the U.S. banned the Chinese firm.
China’s tensions have already increased between the other countries especially with the passing of the controversial national security law over in Hong Kong.
Sir John Sawers, a former MI6 head said recently that the prime minister now has “sound technical reasons” to shift his decision to allow the Chinese firm to play a role in the 5G infrastructure of the U.K., per The Guardian.
In addition, he has confirmed the reports from the NCSC that the balance of risk has changed and that Huawei must be excluded from the 5G picture.
With the Huawei ban influence spreading to the U.K., the public shall observe if it can withstand the economic pressure brought about by the two countries.
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