What Does the Huawei Ban Mean for UK Mobile Customers?
What is going on with the UK Government Huawei Ban?
Huawei is a Chinese multinational technology company, which has been in the news quite a bit recently. This is due to allegations that its communications equipment may contain backdoors that could allow the Chinese government to spy on rival nations. There are also fears that a sort of cyberwar could be carried out if the Chinese government, through Huawei, has the ability to attack or compromise telecommunications networks in other countries. Huawei has always denied any wrongdoing. They insist that they are a private company with no direct links to the Chinese government. Also, there is no direct evidence that the data passing through Huawei equipment has been monitored or compromised in any way. Nevertheless, countries such as the US, Australia, and New Zealand have already effectively banned the use of Huawei equipment in their telecommunications networks. Some other European countries are also considering a Huawei ban.
In July 2020 the UK government declared a ban on the use of Huawei equipment in the rollout of the 5G network. UK mobile providers cannot buy any new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December 2020. They must also remove all the company’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.
How will the Huawei 5G ban affect you?
Huawei’s business is essentially two-fold. On the one hand, they manufacture telecommunications equipment, including the equipment used for the rollout of 5G in many countries. On the other hand, they also manufacture consumer products like smartphones and other devices. The allegations and concerns with Huawei mainly focus on their telecommunications equipment. This includes things like routers, gateway switches, and antennas, which are already widely used throughout the mobile networks of many countries, including the UK.
The UK ban on Huawei equipment is specific to the infrastructure for the 5G rollout. It does not extend to a ban on consumers owning Huawei phones. That said, there are some concerns that Google services might no longer be supported on Huawei devices in the future. This would include Play Store and Maps, for example. You should keep an eye on developments if you own or are considering buying a Huawei phone.
The ban will also mean delays and extra costs in the rollout of the 5G network. If your area does not have 5G yet, you might have to wait even longer to get connected to the UK 5G network. Even in areas where it has rolled out, the connection can be spotty. If you are experiencing this, it will be some time before coverage is improved. In that case, our 5G mobile signal boosters can help to improve your signal inside your home or business.
Check out our guide to 5G in the UK
Will the Huawei ban affect mobile signal boosters?
Huawei does not manufacture our mobile signal boosters or accessories, so don’t worry. However this drama continues to play out, our products and equipment will not be affected in any way. We can still continue to help to improve your mobile phone reception and ensure a stable connection in your home or business.
We offer a wide range of mobile signal repeaters which can help you to improve your voice, 3G/4G, and 5G connections on your mobile phone. All our products are CE certified and compliant with UK Ofcom regulations. Contact our customer care team today to discuss your needs and we will help you find the perfect mobile signal amplifier. No more dropped calls. Faster data speeds. Get rid of mobile phone problems inside your home, hotel, boat, café, or restaurant. We’ve got you covered!