Britain’s telecom companies could be fined up to 10% of turnover or $133,140 a day if they violate a ban on using equipment made by China’s Huawei under a fresh law put forward this week.
The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will tighten the security standards of the UK’s telecoms networks, the government said.
Britain in July decided to ban the use of Huawei in 5G networks from the end of 2027 because of growing security concerns and future co-operation with the US.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said the benefits of 5G and fiber networks could only be realized if they were secure and resilient.
“This groundbreaking bill will give the UK one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the world and allow us to take the action necessary to protect our networks,” he said.
Huawei said it was disappointed that the government was looking to exclude it from the roll-out of 5G.
“This decision is politically motivated and not based on a fair evaluation of the risks,” said Vice President Victor Zhang.
“It does not serve anyone’s best interests as it would move Britain into the digital slow lane and put at risk the Government’s levelling up agenda.”
The government said the tougher security standards in the bill would also help protect Britain from potential cyber-attacks from countries and criminals.
Regulator Ofcom will be given the duty of monitoring and assessing the security of telecoms providers.