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could mobile phone networks have major blackouts soon and when?

Britain will suffer mobile phone blackouts — where parts of the country could lose a signal for up to a fortnight — if Boris Johnson orders telecoms giants to rip out equipment from the Chinese supplier Huawei.

Two of Britain’s biggest companies, BT and Vodafone, are lobbying fiercely against moves by some Conservative MPs to ban Huawei entirely by 2023.

Johnson defied Donald Trump in January when he granted Huawei a limited role in Britain’s 5G networks, excluding it from the sensitive “core” and restricting it to a 35% market share in less sensitive areas.

Critics warn that using Huawei would give Beijing a back door to spy on communications, a suggestion the privately owned company has always rejected but never disproved.

The telecom giants’

 

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