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UK vs. Huawei: Decision Looms On Adding Chinese Telecom Company's Controversial 5G Technology

[2020.01.13, Mon 17:03] KEY POINTSPrime Minister Boris Johnson could decide this month whether to use Huawei to build a 5G network. Britain's domestic intelligence service is not concerned use of Huawei Technologies Co. equipment in the country's 5G mobile network will damage the intelligence-sharing relationship between the U.K. and U.S. The Trump administration has been lobbying the U.K. to reject Huawei's equipment, reportedly threatening counterintelligence operations. The U.S. has said Huawei, which has close ties to the Chinese regime and is Beijing's biggest tech firm, could spy for China by diverting information from its networks, something the company has labeled nonsense. The company has been accused of doing business with Iran and North Korea despite U.S. sanctions, as well as stealing technology from other companies. Britain's four mobile networks - Vodafone, BT, EE and Three - all are using Huawei equipment in their non-core level 5G networks, including antennas and base stations. The decision to allow Huawei technology in was made by the previous government led by Theresa May. Forbes said Johnson is expected to take a harder line. Huawei U.S. security chief Andy Purdy calls the U.S. allegations "Falsehoods" and "Inexcusable."
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