Mobile UK, the UK mobile network operators’ trade association, issued a report “The Impact on the UK of a Restriction on Huawei in the Telecoms Supply Chain” outlining potential risk to UK economy if use of Huawei for 5G rollout is restricted. Some key findings from the report include:

  • A partial to full restriction on Huawei in the telecoms supply chain could result in an 18 – 24 month delay to the widespread availability of 5G in the UK.
  • The cost to the UK economy of a delay in rollout is calculated at between £4.5bn and £6.8bn.
  • As well as the measurable financial impact, the UK will also suffer in terms of lower inward investment and lost productivity gains through stagnation of digital infrastructure.

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies.

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Luka Ivezic is an independent consultant and author exploring geopolitical and socioeconomic implications of emerging technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). To better observe policy discussions and societal attitudes towards early adoptions of emerging technologies, Luka spent last five years living between US, UK, Denmark, Singapore, Japan and Canada. This has given him a unique perspective on how emerging technologies shape different societies, and how different cultures determine technological development.