BT cautions UK that swift banning of Huawei could lead to outages
LONDON (UK) – BT CEO Philip Jansen urged the British government on Monday not to move swiftly to ban China’s Huawei from the 5G network. He cautioned that there could be outages and even security issues if it proceeded with a hasty decision.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to decide this week whether to impose tight restrictions on Huawei. The United States has been putting pressure to ban the Chinese telecoms behemoth from Western 5G networks.
Johnson in January opposed President Donald Trump, by giving Huawei a limited role in the 5G network. However, the perception that China did not divulge the complete truth about the coronavirus crisis and a row over Hong Kong has changed the mood in London.
Jansen told, “If you are to try not to have Huawei at all, ideally we would want seven years and we could probably do it in five.”
He added, “We need to make sure that any change of direction does not lead to more risk in the short term.”
He said, “If we get to a situation where things need to go very, very fast, then you are into a situation where potentially service for 24 million BT Group mobile customers is put into question – outages.”
The United States said that Huawei, being an agent of the Chinese Communist State, cannot be trusted.
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, has said the United States is trying to upset its growth as no US company could offer the same range of technology at a competitive price.
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