UK defies US and refuses to ban Huawei from 5G networks

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The UK will allow “high risk vendors” to supply equipment for its 5G network infrastructure, the government announced today. The announcement outlining the limitations imposed on high risk vendors such as Huawei was made after weeks of speculation about the company’s role in the UK’s 5G infrastructure. All four of the UK’s major operators are already using the company’s equipment in their 5G networks.

High risk vendors will be allowed to supply non-core elements of the network, but will be limited by a market share cap of 35 percent, which the government hopes will stop the country from becoming overly reliant on their equipment. Such vendors will be excluded entirely from sensitive core parts of the network, as well as sensitive…

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Author: Jon Porter