Majority of UK IT professionals disagree that restrictions on using 5G Huawei equipment will cause long-term damage to networks, according to poll

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18th August 2020 13:58 - Telecommunications

Majority of UK IT professionals disagree that restrictions on using 5G Huawei equipment will cause long-term damage to networks: A survey of IT professionals has found that more than half believe that no long term damage will be caused by not using 5G equipment made by Huawei.

The research of more than 3,000 participants addressed comments made by Ed Brewster of Huawei UK that restrictions on using Huawei manufactured equipment would "move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide, " with just 28% in agreement, and half in opposition (53%).

The survey conducted by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, also found that the 2027 target set by the Government for telecoms companies to remove Huawei equipment from their networks was seen by almost half the respondents polled as achievable, while more than a quarter (27%) said that it would not be feasible by this date. 

When asked about trustworthy supply and manufacturing chains, just over half the participants (51%) said that a completely trustworthy chain is possible, while more than a quarter believe it is not achievable (28%).

Asked about Huawei's removal from the UK network, a little more than half (51%) said the UK will be safer as a result, while 31% believe that even with Huawei removed, the UK will be no safer. Almost a fifth (19%) said they could not decide.



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