On July 14, the UK announced that from next year it will be illegal for telecoms operators to buy 5G equipment from Huawei. Operators must remove all existing Huawei 5G kit by 2027. The Observer reports that, in the days before the announcement, government officials briefed Huawei that the motivations behind the decision were partly geopolitical. The Trump administration was exerting pressure on the UK, they reportedly said. They also hinted the ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election and pressure from the US abates. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
The UK is bracing Huawei for a potential reversal of its 5G equipment ban should Donald Trump lose November's presidential election, according to a report by The Observer newspaper. On July 14, the UK government announced it would next year ban telecoms companies from buying Huawei 5G equipment, and mandate they remove all existing Huawei 5G kit by 2027. Culture minister Oliver Dowden said the UK ban was designed to be "irreversible." This followed a May announcement from the US government that it would stop US companies from selling semiconductors to Huawei. According to the Observer report, UK officials told Huawei that the decision was partially driven by pressure from the US. They suggested the ban could be revisited if Donald Trump fails to win the 2020 presidential election, and US pressure abates. The Observer did not give any detail about its sources, and Huawei did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. The US claims Huawei acts as a proxy for the Chinese government to spy, and has been vocally lobbying allied countries, including the UK, to ban Huawei's 5G equipment since early 2019. After the latest US sanctions, related to semiconductors, culture minister Olivia Dowden said the UK "can no longer guarantee the safety" of Huawei's kit. The UK's announcement constituted a U-turn — in January, the UK announced that it would allow Huawei to play a limited role in building out the country's 5G network, despite US pressure. In a statement issued after the announcement of the ban on July 14, a Huawei spokesperson told Business Insider: "Regrettably our future in the UK has become politicized, this is about US trade policy and not security." "We will conduct a detailed review of what today's announcement means for our business here and will work with the UK government to explain how we can continue to contribute to a better connected Britain," the spokesperson added. Less than a week after the 5G decision was announced, Huawei revealed it will build three retail "experience" stores in the UK.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
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Huawei announces plans for 3 UK stores, just days after the government said it would ban the company from Britain's 5G network
Huawei has unveiled plans to open three stores in the UK. The announcement comes days after...Huawei has unveiled plans to open three stores in the UK. The announcement comes days after the British government said it would remove the Chinese telecoms giant from its 5G network by 2027. Huawei will invest $12.5 million in the stores, and create more than 100 jobs, it said. The UK banned Huawei from its 5G network after the US government said it would stop companies selling semiconductors to the Chinese firm. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Chinese tech giant Huawei is set to open three stores in the UK despite the government banning its tech from the country's 5G network. The telecoms company said it will open its first self-owned British outlet in London's Olympic Park, Stratford, in October 2020, followed by a customer service store in Manchester in February 2021. Another retail outlet will open in early 2021, it said, without specifying a location. On July 14, the UK government said telecoms companies would not be able to buy Huawei 5G kit from the start of next year, and told firms they must remove all Huawei 5G tech by 2027. This followed the US government saying it would stop companies selling semiconductors to Huawei. Huawei said in a press release that its new stores, which constitute a $12.5 million (£10 million) investment, will create more than 100 jobs in the cities of London and Manchester. Last month, it opened a service centre in Wembley, which does not sell products. "We know that millions of people here in the UK love our products and we're delighted we will now have these new high street spaces where we can interact with our owners in a more personal way," Anson Zhang, managing director of Huawei's UK consumer business group, said in a statement. Apart from selling smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other products, the stores will give customers product training, assistance, and personalised consultations. Huawei has said it is disappointed by the UK ban, and has expressed concern that decisions over its future in the country have become politicised. The ban on Huawei is "rejecting the opportunity and rejecting the future," Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK, said in a tweet. #Huawei is a leader in 5G, covers 40% of China's total market&has 40% market share around world. UK made decision based on unwarranted & fabricated accusations about security risk. As I said, rejecting Huawei is rejecting the opportunity and rejecting the future. https://t.co/TOw5FAEN7u — Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) July 19, 2020 SEE ALSO: UK officials reportedly told Huawei its 5G ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
‘Geopolitical’ factors were behind the move, the company was told, with hints that the decision could...‘Geopolitical’ factors were behind the move, the company was told, with hints that the decision could be reversed in futureThe British government privately told the Chinese technology giant Huawei that it was being banned from Britain’s 5G telecoms network partly for “geopolitical” reasons following huge pressure from President Donald Trump, the Observer has learned.In the days leading up to the controversial announcement on Tuesday last week, intensive discussions were held and confidential communications exchanged between the government and Whitehall officials on one side and Huawei executives on the other. Continue reading...
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