The UK law bans the Chinese mobile phone company Huawei from involvement in 5G mobile networks. Along with the ban, the government threatens all the mobile phone companies with fines as big as 10% of their turnovers or more than £100,000 per day if they violate the telecom security rules. The Telecommunications Security Bill is likely to supervise the 5G mobile networks and includes the software and electronic equipment required to handle the phone calls and internet traffic.
Communication regulator company Ofcom will be the one policing the rules and in charge of the entire enforcement. The Telecommunications Security Bill will provide the authority to the UK government to implement the Huawei 5G equipment ban that was announced back in July. The government has decided to give some time to Huawei in order to remove all of its equipment that was included in the core network’s sensitive part. However, Huawei is allowed to make up the non-core systems only a maximum of 35%. The company is given the deadline of 2023. Whereas, by 2027, it is advised to the 5G network companies to remove the Huawei kit entirely and permanently.
The lawmakers will have a debate over the bill in the coming week. They are expected to be tackled by some who want a quicker phase-out of Huawei gear. After the Chinese company, Huawei, the UK’s mobile network companies are likely to rely highly on its Nordic rivals Ericsson AB and Nokia Oyj.