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Italy and UK probe Huawei, Turkcell leaps to its defense

The news – real and rumoured – continues to mount up around Huawei and its troubled relations with western governments. In the past week, local press reports in Italy suggested that country might be the latest to toe the US line and bar Chinese vendors from critical infrastructure projects, notably 5G. Telecom Italia (TIM) has previously said it would continue to work with Huawei or ZTE unless the government told it otherwise. But the La Stampa newspaper reports that the Ministries of Defense and of Foreign Affairs are preparing to leverage so-called ‘Golden Powers’ – which allow governments to enforce certain actions – to introduce a ban on the vendors and to allow telcos to exit existing contracts without paying…

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