Johnson defies US

Huawei given go-ahead for limited role in UK’s 5G network

Huawei will be excluded from parts of the network (pic: Terry Murden)

Chinese mobile phones network Huawei will be allowed to work on Britain’s 5G networks – but with restrictions aimed at appeasing US ‘spying’ concerns.

The firm will be banned from supplying it equipment to “sensitive parts” of the network, known as the core, and its market share will be capped at 35%. The cap will be applied to the 5G and full-fibre network.

Huawei will be excluded entirely from locations close to military bases and nuclear sites.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson found himself caught between conflicting demands from the US and China with both issuing warnings about the consequences of Britain’s decision.

The US and some Conservative MPs called for a total block on the Chinese tech giant on the grounds of national security, while Beijing warned the UK there could be “substantial” repercussions to other trade and investment plans had the company been banned outright.

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