The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson had decided in January that Huawei could participate in the expansion of the super-fast 5G mobile networks in Great Britain with restrictions. In the summer, the government in London decided that Huawei should not participate in the expansion of the 5G mobile network in Great Britain after all. It is expected that the U-turn will set the expansion of the 5G network in Great Britain back by years.
According to the government, the reason for the move was, in addition to security concerns, the consequences of the US sanctions against Huawei. The US government had tried to put pressure on its partners to exclude Huawei from expanding its 5G networks. Great Britain is hoping for a lucrative trade deal with the USA after the end of the Brexit transition phase at the turn of the year.
Expensive change of course
The UK government’s change of course is costing the country’s wireless service providers dearly. Since the fourth generation of mobile communications 4G (LTE) and 5G are technically based on one another, existing LTE technology from Huawei could have been upgraded to 5G relatively easily. However, if Huawei is excluded as a provider in the 5G network, the Chinese 4G systems must also be removed as part of the 5G upgrade, even though they are actually fully functional. Therefore, the operators in Germany are also resisting banning Huawei technology from the networks.