Decrypting the British Decision to Cap Huawei's Contribution to Building 5G Network Infrastructure

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1Q 2020 | IN-5729


U.K. Government Makes Decision on Huawei Ban


On the January 28, 2020, the U.K. government announced its decision to continue use Huawei’s equipment with restrictions after several official consultations and under the stern recommendations of the U.S. government to completely block Huawei. The release highlights the fact that the U.K. government will exclude “high risk” vendors from its sensitive “core” network parts of 5G and gigabit-capable networks, which include all safety-related and safety-critical networks in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). The government did not share this list of these “high risk” vendors, but Huawei is definitely on it. The government has capped the deployment of its radio equipment over any mobile operator’s network in the country to 35%, and this equipment will not be allowed to operate in sensitive geographies. Despite these restrictions, ABI Research sees this move as a very balanced initiative by the British government based on informed advice from security advisors and telecoms service providers.

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