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UK's Huawei ban at what cost?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-07-18 09:09

Editor's note: Reversing its January decision to grant Huawei a limited role in 5G, the UK government announced on Tuesday that mobile operators in the country will no longer be allowed to source 5G equipment from Huawei. The ban comes into effect at the end of 2020, with existing Huawei 5G kit to be removed by 2027. What's behind the UK ban on Huawei and what will be its cost? China Daily readers share their opinions.


Banning Huawei equipment will bring no any benefits to the UK, but result in substantial economic and political loss. It’s estimated that replacing all Huawei equipment will cost at least 2 billion pounds. What is more, the move will dramatically delay the deployment of 5G networks in the UK, and undermine the bilateral economic relation between China and the UK. In the post-Brexit period, the UK is getting more and more isolated in Europe. As the biggest economic partner outside the EU, China will stay away from the UK gradually, and the UK will pay a heavy price economically in the end.

Photo taken on Feb 20, 2020 shows Huawei product and solution launch event in London, Britain. [Photo/Xinhua]
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