Telecommunications:Written question - 73824

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 14 July 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Telecommunications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his oral statement of 14 July 2020 on UK Telecommunications, what estimate he has made of the amount of the £2 billion cost of requiring operators to remove Huawei equipment from their 5G networks by 2027 will be spent with British companies; and what estimate he has made of the potential number of jobs that will be created as a result of that spending.
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Answered by: Matt Warman
Answered on: 22 July 2020

The Secretary of State set out in his statement of 14 July on ‘UK Telecommunications’ that removing Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G networks could cost up to £2 billion. This figure is an estimate of the additional costs to operators of removing Huawei equipment from their 5G networks. These costs will vary across the different mobile operators. The process for complying with the Government’s decision will include commercial decisions that are for the mobile operators to make.

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