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UK to allow Huawei ‘limited role’ in 5G network

The UK government has decided to allow Huawei to continue to be in its 5G networks but with restrictions.

The Chinese company will be banned from supplying equipment to “sensitive parts” of the network, known as the core.

In addition, it will only be allowed to account for 35% of the kit in a network’s periphery, which includes radio masts.

And it will be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites.

“Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track,” the firm’s UK chief Victor Zhang said in a statement.

“It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market.”

The Prime Minister had faced pressure from the US and some Conservative MPs to block the Chinese tech giant on the grounds of national security.

But Beijing had warned the UK there could be “substantial” repercussions to other trade and investment plans had the company been banned outright.

The decision has been described as the biggest test of Mr Johnson’s post-Brexit strategy to date.

Huawei has always denied that it would help the Chinese government attack one of its clients. The firm’s founder has said he would “shut the company down” rather than aid “any spying activities”. BBC