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UK defies USA and allows Huawei into 5G RANs, though with 35% cap

Despite US pressure, the new UK government has stuck broadly with the policy of its predecessor, and will allow Huawei to supply 5G RAN equipment, but will exclude it from the core and from other types of infrastructure which would count as critical national infrastructure. The decision represents a compromise between appeasing the USA, which has been calling on allies to bar Chinese vendors from all 5G networks; and the demands of operators, which would have incurred huge costs and 5G delays if they had had to rip out Huawei kit, or even if their supplier choices were limited in the next round of procurement. It does not greatly alter the status quo since, while three of the four UK…

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