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UK to decide on Huawei 5G ban following pressure from the US

By Ramla Soni

US claims Huawei poses a security risk and threatens UK-US intelligence sharing

The UK government is expected to decide whether to ban equipment made by Huawei from its 5G networks following pressure from Washington - including from president Donald Trump.

The US claims the company poses a security risk and threatens UK-US intelligence sharing.

Huawei has consistently insisted that it is a private company and would never take orders from the Chinese government and has argued for consistent global network security standards that all companies should abide by.

There is speculation UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson might choose to ban Huawei from the "core" parts of the networks only.

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, wrote on Twitter on that the UK had a “momentous decision ahead on 5G”.

Johnson is chairing a meeting at the National Security Council on Tuesday where a final decision on Huawei’s future role in the UK will be taken, although it may not be announced immediately.

Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked her conservative lawmakers to wait until after a March European Union summit before taking a position on whether Huawei can take part in the roll-out of Germany’s 5G network, according to sources involved in their talks.

German operators are all customers of Huawei and have warned that banning the Chinese vendor would add years of delays and billions of dollars in costs to launching 5G networks.

China is pushing ahead with the roll-out of 5G networks in the country, and Huawei is considered the industry leader, ahead of ZTE, Nokia and Ericsson.

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