New Telecoms Bill Bans Huawei from UK’s 5G Network

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill laid before parliament on Tuesday allows the government to remove ‘high risk’ vendors, such as Huawei from UK’s 5G network as early as 2022.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill laid before parliament on Tuesday allows the government to remove ‘high risk’ vendors, such as Huawei from UK’s 5G network as early as 2022.

The bill aims to increase the security standards for UK’s networks as well as to remove the threat of ‘high risk’ vendors, UK said in a press release on Tuesday. 

The United Kingdom added, “This will be a significant step to protect the UK from hostile cyber activity by state actors or criminals. Over the past two years the Government has attributed a range of cyber attacks to Russia and China, as well as North Korea and Iranian actors”.

In addition, the bill will also “allow the Government to impose controls on telecoms providers’ use of goods, services or facilities supplied by high risk vendors”.

Companies could face heavy fines of up to 10% of turnover or £100,000 per day, if the they fail to meet the new guidelines on using high risk vendors. 

The telecoms bill will also ensure the removal of all Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027.


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