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UK weighs Huawei Technologies installation ban to sway lawmakers

The new proposal would see a ban in force as soon as Sept 2021, say sources

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The new proposal would see a ban in force as soon as September 2021, the people said, asking for anonymity as the talks are confidential.

Kitty Donaldson & Thomas Seal | Bloomberg
The UK is considering a ban on the installation of Huawei Technologies Co 5G equipment as soon as next year to appease lawmakers pushing for tighter restrictions on the Chinese telecom equipment maker, according to people familiar with the matter.

Lawmakers from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party are demanding stricter rules on companies using Huawei 5G gear, as part of the price for backing telecommunications security legislation due in parliament next week. Before now, lawmakers had left it to telecom firms to replace Huawei’s 5G equipment before a blanket ban is set to be enforced in 2027.

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First Published: Nov 25 2020 | 1:53 AM IST

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