Huawei urges Britain: Don’t drop us till after next election
Huawei bosses have asked for a last-ditch meeting with Downing Street as ministers prepare to approve plans to kick the company out of Britain’s 5G network.
The Chinese telecoms firm wants to strike a deal with Boris Johnson to delay its removal from the mobile phone network until after the next election in 2025, in the hope that a future government might reverse the decision. In return, Huawei will pledge to maintain its equipment, which is also used in the 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
BT and Vodafone have said that stripping out Huawei equipment before 2025 could lead to a loss of phone coverage.
Sources close to the company say Huawei will not make an explicit threat to cease maintenance. It will stress “the costs of maintaining those networks” and make the point that “without Huawei there will be blackouts”.
The prime minister will chair a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday at which ministers will be asked to ban the purchase of any new Huawei equipment by the end of this year, with the company removed from 5G by the middle 2020s.Read Full Article