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UK News Ban on Huawei in UK’s 5G network moves closer after passing first Commons hurdle

01:50  01 december  2020
01:50  01 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The UK has already banned the purchase of new Huawei 5 G kit after the end of the year. It initially allowed and then banned the use of equipment Beijing has criticized those decisions, while Huawei said last week that it was disappointed by the fact Britain was looking to exclude it from the 5 G rollout

Attempts to rid Huawei from the network have been ongoing for more than a year. But the new Telecommunications Security Bill is the first step in Its vice-president Victor Zhang has previously said that the decision to remove the firm from the UK ' s 5 G network was "politically motivated and not

A bid to block the installation of new Huawei technology in the UK’s 5G network has passed its first Commons hurdle.

a hand holding a cellphone: The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will now progress for further scrutiny (Ben Birchall/PA) © Ben Birchall The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will now progress for further scrutiny (Ben Birchall/PA)

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill passed its second reading without a division and will now progress for further scrutiny.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the Commons the Bill is designed to tackle “not only the Huaweis of today but the Huaweis of tomorrow wherever they come from”.

He added: “It does need to be flexible enough to cover future threats and not tie our hands by limiting our response to one company and one company alone.”

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The UK government on Monday announced that it will ban British telecommunication companies from installing new Huawei 5 G gear after September 2021 The UK government in July reversed its policy to allow Huawei to provide infrastructure for its 5 G network under pressure from the United States

British telecommunications firms must not install new Huawei 5 G kit after September 2021, the government said on Monday Britain has already ordered all Huawei equipment to be removed from its 5 G network by the end of 2027, falling in line with intelligence allies including the United States

The Bill would force providers to stop installing Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G networks from next September and it also sets out a roadmap to remove high-risk vendors altogether.

Conservative former leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said the September 2021 date was “better than I would have expected”, before raising concerns about the UK’s Government past approach to China and suggesting a more formal structure to advise the Secretary of State on future decisions is required.

He added: “Otherwise it’ll be too easy for a Secretary of State under pressure from the Business Secretary, under pressure from a Chancellor – such as one which we once had (George Osborne) who was very keen on a golden era – leaning and saying ‘do you know what, do you really need to go down this road?’, that will happen.

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It will ban UK mobile providers from buying new Huawei 5 G equipment after the end of this year and they will have to remove all of its 5 G kit from their networks by 2027. The government had previously said Huawei could be involved in the project but it changed its mind following growing security

The UK ' s mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5 G equipment after 31 December, and they must also remove all the Chinese firm' s 5 G kit from their networks by 2027. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons of the decision. It follows sanctions imposed by

“I sat as a Secretary of State, I can tell you now all that stuff happens and anybody else will tell you too.

“So, I think a more structured approach does not allow the Secretary of State to miss the right people on advice.”

a man wearing a suit and tie walking on a city street: Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was praised by Conservative colleague Tom Tugendhat (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Provided by PA Media Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was praised by Conservative colleague Tom Tugendhat (Jonathan Brady/PA)

In the summer, the Government announced that the Chinese firm was to be banned from the most sensitive core parts of UK networks.

It followed a growing backlash from Conservative backbenchers over a decision in January to allow Huawei technology in the UK’s 5G network, albeit with restrictions.

Tom Tugendhat, Conservative chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said the Government has listened to its backbenchers’ concerns.

He added: “The minister has done a very good job in listening. There was a time earlier this year when many of us thought this could become a very difficult issue for the Government.

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NEW Huawei equipment in the UK ' s new 5 G network will be banned from September risking a fresh row with Beijing. "Our plans will spark a wave of innovation in the design of our future mobile networks .” Lord Livingston, Chair of the Diversification Task Force added: “Diversification of the UK

The ban is part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm' s equipment from high speed mobile networks . Eve Johnson reports. British telecommunications firms must not install new Huawei 5 G kit after September 2021, the government said on Monday (November 30).

“I have to say the minister and his entire department have done a fantastic job in listening, not just to this side of the House but the other and making sure that the points that we raised have been addressed.”

Labour’s shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens said action to remove high-risk vendors from the UK’s telecoms networks must go hand in hand with measures to diversify the supply chain.

She said: “Let’s be frank, until this year the Government had failed to face reality.

“We will not oppose the second reading of this Bill, but we have many concerns which will need to be considered and addressed at committee stage because the Bill this House eventually passes must take steps to ensure that our telecoms supply chain is resilient in the future or we’ll be forced to return here again in a short time to deal with the next Huawei.

“We must be mindful as with all legislation that we seek to anticipate the problems of the future rather than just deal with the issue we face today. We, of course, fully support steps to remove high-risk vendors from the network, but they absolutely must go hand in hand with credible measures to diversify the supply chain.”

The Bill will force the removal of all Huawei equipment from 5G networks by 2027 and create national security powers capable of imposing controls on when – if at all – a telecoms firm could use material supplied by companies such as Huawei.

The Government has published a 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy to ensure the UK is “never again dependent on a handful of telecoms vendors”.

Under the legislation, security protocols around UK networks will also be strengthened with fines – of 10% of turnover or £100,000 a day – for those who do not meet the new standards.

Communications regulator Ofcom is to be tasked with the monitoring and assessing of security protocols among telecoms providers.

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