Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be removed from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, and he stated that the acquisition of Huawei 5G kit would be banned by the end of the year.
The move was announced in parliament by culture minister Oliver Dowden, who stated the imposition of new sanctions by the United States significantly altered the assessment of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre, who couldn’t ensure the safety of future Huawei 5G equipment.
But what will this all mean? Will it mean that Huawei phones will stop working? And will they still be safe to use?
In May, the US issued a sanction barring US software and technology firms from working with Huawei. This also blocks Huawei chips from being made using US technology, or even inside a facility that uses US technology.
This means that the firm needs to make major adjustments to how it designs and builds its hardware, which comprises network equipment.
In January, the National Cyber Security Centre determined it was okay for Huawei to have a restricted roll in the rollout of new 5G networks, but changed their minds because of the new sanction, and because they could no longer work with US technology, and they no longer thought that the United Kingdom would be able to manage the security risks of using Huawei technology.
What does this mean for Huawei phones and laptops? Well, nothing. The embargo only pertains to network infrastructure, the equipment that runs internet and phone signals, and Huawei phones, tablets and laptops will still be on sale to the public as they were before.
Huawei devices will still continue to work as they do now. The only difference will be as a consequence of US sanctions and Google apps and the Google Play store is that they will no longer be available to use on new Huawei phones, but if they’re already on your device, they won’t disappear.
And beyond basic security updates, you won’t be able to get any new versions of Google’s Android operating system.
As far as overall security is concerned, the decision and cybersecurity advice doesn’t apply to consumer goods, only to infrastructure, and officials have stressed consumer devices present minimal security risks.
5G is the newest and fastest type of mobile internet connection. It’s about ten times quicker than 4G and more stable as well.
The government believes it can be used to improve mobile internet capability across the United Kingdom, enabling more people to get online without the network lagging, and the plan is that over time more people will use mobile internet instead of wired connections to their homes, which will allow faster speeds for people in remote areas.
Full fibre broadband operators are further being encouraged to transition away from using Huawei kit in their networks. They won’t be expected to stop purchasing Huawei kit straight away because there are currently only two firms making such hardware, Huawei and Nokia.
Having only one supplier available to make components for your whole network is just as precarious as continuing to use Huawei components, but 4G is perfectly satisfactory and 5G is about making money.
5G isn’t actually that important right now, but the decision to ban Huawei is certainly politically motivated and giving Boris Johnson an ultimatum that he had to get rid of Huawei or no trade deal and Boris Johnson simply rolled over and has lost little respect, and this is just the start of things to come with Boris Johnson bending over to satisfy Donald Trump.
But then we had all the lefties whining that 5G wasn’t safe, and telling us that 5G was responsible for the coronavirus, and how it would microwave us, and how dangerous it was to allow Chinese technology into the United Kingdom – now look at everybody, this is far too entertaining.
We’re leaving the EU but we’re still being told what to do and it seems that our government is Donald Trump’s lackey.
Oh dear, the US leaders and tyrants have inflicted their will upon the United Kingdom and Global Britain and now it seems we must toe the line, and when a big country changes its rules and the little country has to alter its policies – beware Brexiters because big fish eat little fish, and when America and the EU gesundheit the UK will catch a cold – take back control, you’re having a giggle.
This is just plain nonsense from the USA and Boris Johnson, and everyone in defence knows that IP addresses are monitored and are quickly barred. Perhaps the UK doesn’t want to pay to have IPs monitored? Or they simply don’t want people to know that they can stop China or any government spying on you.
Although, the Chinese are extremely robust and they act on their own terms with impunity as we have observed when they kept important coronavirus information while it spread globally.
And how can Huawei be imputed when Google hands over data to the American government on demand and so does Facebook, but of course, the American government want the United Kingdom to become an American state.
It’s so evident that Boris Johnson is saying yes to whatever Donald Trump wants, crippling the UK’s interest along the way, and for goodness sake, there are parts of the United Kingdom that get no phone signal at all, never mind 5G and they need to sort out the basics before attempting to leap forward.
And it now seems that America says jump and our government ask how high.