Huawei scandal explained

UK bans Huawei from its 5G network, explained.


The UK announced it would bar the Chinese tech company Huawei from operating in the country and helping to build its 5G network – a reversal from what it said in January. The UK said the change was due to new US sanctions on Huawei that created uncertainty around its supply chain. And that the UK could “no longer be confident” in the tech’s future security. Come January, telecom operators will be banned from buying Huawei equipment. And must remove all existing equipment by 2027. China’s ambassador to the UK called the decision “disappointing and wrong.” But it’s seen as a win for President Trump who’s argued Huawei is a national security threat.


Huawei is a Chinese tech company and is the most advanced in the development of 5G technology. 5G is the successor of 4G and with it, the internet will go 100 times faster. Being able to download a full-length HD movie in seconds and share your wow-moments with friends – that’s just the beginning. The true value of 5G is the opportunity it presents for people, business and the world at large: industries, regions, towns and cities that are more connected, smarter and more sustainable.


The US considers Huawei a national security risk, fearing its equipment could be used by the Chinese government for spying. That’s why last year Trump banned government use of Huawei.

Experts think the UK’s decision resulted from US warnings that using Chinese 5G vendors could jeopardize US-UK intelligence ties. UK bans Huawei explained .


  1. LONDON (AFP) – Britain’s splintered government was rocked on Friday (April 26) by a growing scandal over who leaked news that Prime Minister Theresa May has conditionally allowed Chinese giant Huawei to develop the UK 5G network .

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