Speaking to my telco buddies we all agree that it will take at least a decade to remove all traces of Huawei from the core network. Meanwhile, there’s a bit of panic in the consumer markets. Here’s some advice from the UK Government…:
What does this mean for me?
The NCSC’s work on this topic relates purely to Huawei equipment in the UK’s telecoms network. It doesn’t directly affect the Huawei technology you use at home, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. However, the May 2020 announcement from the US will have other consequences for your use of Huawei technology, that you may want to consider.
Existing Huawei devices shouldn’t be affected – all your apps should continue to work, and your phone/laptop/tablet should keep getting security updates for its normal lifetime. But from now on, new Huawei devices won’t be able to use Google applications or services; for example: the Play Store, Maps, YouTube or Google Assistant.
Where can I find out more?
Have a look at the NCSC Technical Director’s latest blog post, for more detail on what’s changing and what this all means for the UK. For people who want to delve into the technical details in more depth, we have also published updated 5G guidance and an analysis of the US sanctions’ impact in the UK.