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UK Bans Telecom Firms From Installing New Huawei 5G Equipment After September 2021

© AP Photo / Ng Han GuanIn this July 15, 2020, file photo, visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus look at the latest products at a Huawei store in Beijing. China accused Washington of damaging global trade with sanctions that threaten to cripple tech giant Huawei and said Tuesday it will protect Chinese companies but gave no indication of possible retaliation
In this July 15, 2020, file photo, visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus look at the latest products at a Huawei store in Beijing. China accused Washington of damaging global trade with sanctions that threaten to cripple tech giant Huawei and said Tuesday it will protect Chinese companies but gave no indication of possible retaliation - Sputnik International
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The news comes as the Trump administration seeks to persuade its European partners to kneecap Huawei with sanctions, as the Chinese tech giant is capable of outpacing its competitors in the United States.

The United Kingdom has prohibited telecom firms in the country from installing new Huawei equipment in 5G networks, effective from September 2021.

Earlier this week, the UK government introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill, under which telecom firms must follow stricter security rules, or face fines. The legislation proposes fines up to 10 percent of their annual turnover, or £100,000 a day, for not following the new rules and continuing to use Huawei equipment.

The bill came as part of the broader safeguards to be put on the use of high-risk vendors that pose security risks to telecoms, in a bid to protect the UK's 5G and gigabit-capable networks.

In 2018, the Trump administration issued a decree banning the use of Huawei equipment, citing national security concerns about it allegedly facilitating spying efforts on part of China. The tech giant has repeatedly denied the accusations, while several US allies, including the UK, have followed suit over spying allegations.

As of today, experimental 5G networks have already been set up in part of China and South Korea.

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