LONDON – Chinese technology company Huawei said Tuesday that the British government’s move to ban the company’s involvement in the country’s 5G networks is a “disappointing decision” which “threatens to move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide.”

“This disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone,” said Ed Brewster, a spokesperson for Huawei UK in a statement.

“Instead of ‘levelling up’, the government is levelling down and we urge them to reconsider. We remain confident that the new U.S. restrictions would not have affected the resilience or security of the products we supply to the UK,” Brewster said.

The British government announced Tuesday that buying new Huawei 5G equipment will be banned after Dec. 31, 2020 and all Huawei equipment will be removed from 5G networks by the end of 2027.

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