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UK's Huawei 5G cut 'allows analysis time in Guernsey'

Telecoms company Sure says the UK's decision to end its relationship with the tech giant Huawei allows for time to analyse a similar move.

UK mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December. They must also remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

Sure confirmed it has been using Huawei technology in its 5G mobile trials in Guernsey, but the committees for Home Affairs and Economic Development said they were getting prepared for a "likely need to adopt a similar approach against a similar timeline as that set out in the UK".

Alastair Beak, from Sure, said the timing worked in Guernsey's favour because "we have not started to make this significant investment in the 5G network."

Guernsey 'likely needs similar approach to UK on Huawei'

Andrew Segal

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey and local telecommunications operators are reviewing a decision in the UK about the use of Huawei equipment in telecommunications networks, the island's government has said.

The British government decided to end its relationship with the Chinese company because of fears over data security.

UK mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December. They must also remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

However, local telecoms company Sure has confirmed it has been using Huawei technology in its 5G mobile trials in Guernsey.

The committees for Home Affairs and Economic Development said they had been worked with telecommunications operators "to ensure that they are aware of the UK’s stance and the likely need to adopt a similar approach against a similar timeline as that set out in the UK".

They added they would "meet again with them in the coming weeks to continue these discussions".

Sure confirms using Huawei technology in 5G mobile trials

BBC Radio Guernsey

Telecoms company Sure has confirmed it has been using Huawei technology in its 5G mobile trials in Guernsey.

It is the next generation of mobile technology with ultra fast speeds to drive the so-called "internet of things" - the way to control everyday devices using smartphones.

Revive and Thrive, the States adopted strategy to reinvigorate the Guernsey economy post pandemic, has 5G rollout as an objective.

In a statement, Sure said its decision on suppliers for 5G technology, and the issuing of 5G licenses for local telecoms operators, had not begun. It said its trial complied with local, national and international standards.

The question now is whether Huawei can play a part in Guernsey’s future 5G network, given the company’s equipment will be stripped out of the UK in the coming years.

The British government decided to end its relationship with the Chinese company because of fears over data security. UK mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December. They must also remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

It follows sanctions imposed by Washington, which claims the firm poses a national security threat - something Huawei denies.

Sure said its current 4G network was not affected by the UK’s decision.

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