Huawei team could pull out of UK 5G, report says

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The UK reportedly seeks to cut Huawei on its 5G networks.

Angela Lang / CNET

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to reduce the amount of Huawei equipment used on British 5G networks, according to a report on Friday. The plan could cause the Chinese network giant to phase out of the UK's next-generation mobile networks by 2023, the Telegraph said.


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Follow right-wing politicians who argue against the use of equipment by Chinese companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Telegraph. Huawei, 10 Downing Street and the UK Cabinet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Johnson approved Huawei for 5G in the UK in January with some conditions. British restrictions are to exclude Huawei from building core parts of UK 5G networks, to have Huawei's market share limited to 35%, and to exclude Huawei from sensitive geographic locations.

Huawei's 5G approval came despite the United States urging the United Kingdom to ban the Chinese telecommunications giant.

Last month, a A senior British official reportedly said the UK was unlikely to reconsider its "firm" decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of your 5G network.

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