On Tuesday, following years of lobbying efforts from the Trump Administration the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had ordered a proclamation to eradicate all Huawei equipment from the Britons’ 5G network by 2027, pleasing the White House while exacerbating the wraths of China by siding itself with the United States, suggesting a delay in 5G rollout in the United Kingdom.
In point of fact, as PM Johnson’s latest move to completely purge Huawei equipment from its core fifth-generation network had been a blazing issue given the extent of US pressure, the UK Government’s approach towards the world’s largest telco gear manufacturer had been widely contemplated as a morale victory for the United States over China.
Aside from that, the recent crackdown on Huawei in Britain’s fifth-generation network equipment came forth days after the Telecom Italia had excluded the Chinese telecommunication titan from a tender to purchase fifth-generation networking equipment for its core networks in Italy and Brazil.
Besides, the seven-year lag in effect of the decree seemed to have pleased the British telecoms operators such as BT, Vodafone and Three, all of which would be forced to spend billions of pounds to get rid of the Huawei equipment much faster.
Year-long US lobbying bear fruits as PM Johnson lashes on Huawei 5G networks
On top of that, earlier in the January this year, the British PM Boris Johnson had pledged a limited role to Huawei in Britain’s fifth-generation network development that followed month-long US pressures to reverse the decision, while in the wake of recent political unrest in the east over China’s National Security Law for its island city of Hong Kong, which analysts said would likely to diminish the autonomous status of the China-controlled Financial HubSpot that UK had been forced to hand over to China back in the 1997, China’s Huawei appeared to have become a collateral damage again in a nearly two-year long US-China row over trade.