The British government has asked Japan for assistance in creating its 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless networks.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from supplying equipment for their British telecom operators by year-end as well as clear out all the company’s devices from them by 2027.
Oliver Dowden, digital minister, told Parliament that the decision was not easy was right for U.K. telecom operators and their national security and economy, both in the current conditions and in the long run. By the time of the next election, they’d have incorporated a law for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from their 5G networks.
To replace Huawei, Britain is working it out with allies like Japan, Sweden, Finland and South Korea to support its networks. With such an aim, British officials have told their counterparts in Tokyo to aid in supplying equipment from Japanese technology companies like NEC and Fujitsu.
On Thursday, British government officials met Japanese government bodies to discuss the matters at hand. Japan acknowledges the need to collaborate with British companies in developing 5G technology and Fujitsu is already seeking opportunities to sell its equipment in Britain. With such as outreach by U.K, it is expected that 5G networks can be built with equipment from multiple base station manufacturers with Japanese technology firms hoping for expanding their share in the global market finally.