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UK prime minister calls for viable alternatives to Huawei in 5G networks

On the eve of its departure from the European Union, the UK is at the center of the latest chapter in the saga of US-led trade and cybersecurity wars with China. The last UK government had indicated it would not seek to ban Huawei and ZTE from its operator’s RANs, but would be more cautious about core networks (and BT has been removing Huawei equipment from the core of its mobile subsidiary EE). But the new government, led by prime minister Boris Johnson, was anticipated to be more supportive of the US call for a full ban, since he is in need of a good trade deal with the country post-Brexit. However, the situation has become more complicated that expected.…

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