350,000 jobs may not materialize due to three-year delay
The UK could miss out on £ 108 billion in economic benefits and 350,000 job creation due to a cumulative three-year delay in its 5G rollout.
That’s according to a new independent report from Assembly Research and commissioned by Huawei.
The report, titled “Regional and consumer impact of delayed 5G deployment”, is the second report the Assembly has produced on behalf of the Chinese supplier. Earlier this year, he estimated that removing Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027 could cost the UK economy up to £ 18.2 billion.
New Assembly report says three-year delay in 5G rollout, as Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has warned, will contradict UK government’s pledge to ‘level’ different parts of the UK. Areas of England that may lack investment include rural areas, the north west and north east of England and the Midlands, as operators would seek to prioritize areas such as London and the south east .
According to Assembly, London and the south-east of England are expected to benefit from £ 65 billion from 5G this decade, which is 38% of the total national economic benefit.
“The government’s own expectations of its restrictions on Huawei are up to three years behind the rollout of 5G,” said Assembly lead analyst Matthew Howett. “The risk is of course that this would be felt by operators forced to concentrate their deployments in more profitable urban centers and this would inevitably mean that it would take longer to reach and fully cover the more rural and remote areas of Great Britain. Brittany with 5G. If this happens, there is a risk of a widening digital divide. “
Recently, the House of Commons Defense Committee said there was “clear evidence of collusion” between Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party, and suggested extending the equipment withdrawal deadline from 2027 to 2025. Huawei has repeatedly denied ties to the Chinese government.