- Title: It would cost "billions" to remove "aggressive vendor" Huawei, say telecom execs
- Date: 9th July 2020
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (FILE - JUNE 1, 2019) (REUTERS) HUAWEI SIGN AS PEOPLE WALK HUAWEI BOOTH AT THAILAND MOBILE EXPO VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN HUAWEI BOOTH TRYING OUT PRODUCTS
- Embargoed: 23rd July 2020 13:09
- Keywords: BT British Greg Clark House of Commons Huawei Samsung Science and Technology Committee UK Parliament Vodafone select committee telecoms
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / BANGKOK, THAILAND / SHENZHEN, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA / UNKNOWN LOCATIONS
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / BANGKOK, THAILAND / SHENZHEN, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA / UNKNOWN LOCATIONS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001CM38OCN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Chinese telecoms company Huawei told British lawmakers on Thursday (July 9) that "unjustified" sanctions on the U.S. would not affect the firm's supply of 5G equipment to Britain.
Huawei UK vice president Victor Zhang to parliament's Science and Technology Committee that the company's longstanding presence in the UK's telecoms network meant its work there should go unaffected, although he said it was still too early to tell the full impact of the sanctions.
Britain granted Huawei a limited role in its future 5G networks in January, but ministers have since said the U.S. sanctions could have a significant impact on its ability to securely supply crucial pieces of networking equipment.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has come under pressure from the United States and lawmakers in his own party to ban Huawei over security concerns, is expected to make a decision on whether to further restrict the company by the end of the month.
Samsung executive Woojune Kim told lawmakers Huawei were one of the more "aggressive vendors" in the telecoms industry, and said that while his company could supply a 5G network to the UK if requested, it would face challenges related to the support of "legacy technology" such as old 2G and 3G systems.
However, replacing Huawei infrastructure may not prove straightforward.
Vodafone UK executive Andrea Dona said removing equipment made by Huawei from its British network would cost "single figure billions" of pounds, and would be highly disruptive for customers if the government set as short a timeframe as two years.
Rival BT told the same committee it needed a minimum of five years, and ideally seven, to remove Huawei from its network.
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