U.K. Bans Huawei From 5G Network

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On Tuesday the United Kingdom became the next country to ban the Chinese company Huawei, a telecommunications network and infrastructure provider and also a mobile phone maker.  The decision comes following a meeting of Britains National Security Council and orders British telecommunication providers to remove all Huawei equipment by 2027.

The Chinese company has already been banned from the U.S., which cites a number of reasons for the ban, including; a 2017 Chinese law that requires Chinese companies to provide user information to the Chinese government regardless of which country the person may live or be located in, previous examination of Huawei equipment that showed they are capable to monitoring and rerouting personal information to China, and the recent unrest in Hong Kong over China’s attempt to crack down on protestors and implement new strict security laws in the autonomous city.

Both Huawei and China have rejected these accusations and Huawei has stated that is has never and never would give user information to the Chinese government or monitor communications traffic.  China's ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, warned the British government last week that "if you want to make China a hostile country, you will have to bear the consequences.”

European companies like Nokia and Ericsson are also building 5G infrastructure and networks but are more expensive than Chinese equipment say BT and Vodafone, phone and wireless providers in the U.K.

Other place considering a similar ban include Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, India, Mexico, and Brazil.