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US State Department welcomes UK's decision to prohibit Huawei from 5G networks

US State Department welcomes UK's decision to prohibit Huawei from 5G networks

| @indiablooms | 15 Jul 2020, 04:32 pm

Washington/UNI:: The US state department has welcomed United Kingdom's decision to ban Huawei from future 5G networks in the country saying that this decision was taken by the UK government for the sake of its national security.

In a statement issued on Tuesday the state department said that the use of 'untrustworthy' and 'high risk' vendors ought to be avoided "We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks. With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for their national security by prohibiting the use of untrusted, high-risk vendors. We will continue to work with our British friends on fostering a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem, which is critical to Transatlantic security and prosperity."

The statement added that more and more countries are insisting on securing a safe 5G network pointing out that several countries have banned from setting up their 5G network "The momentum in favor of secure 5G is building. The UK joins democracies such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, and Sweden in banning Huawei from future 5G networks. Clean carriers like Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan, and others have also prohibited the use of Huawei equipment in their networks."The statement suggested that there exists a trust deficit among countries as far as Huawei is concerned "Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software will not threaten national security, economic security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights."

The British government on Tuesday banned UK's mobile providers from buying new 5G equipment from Huawei after 31 December, and they were also ordered to remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027. 

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