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London turned to Japan for help in creating a 5G network without the participation of Huawei

The British government has asked Japan to help build a 5G telecommunications network in the country without involving Chinese equipment from Huawei, Nikkei reported Sunday.

According to him, Japanese companies NEC Corp and Fujitsu Ltd. are named alternative equipment suppliers in London.

This week, the UK decided to abandon Huawei equipment when creating a 5G network by the end of 2027. This move reflects UK efforts to attract new equipment suppliers to encourage competition and lower costs for the country's wireless carriers, the report said.

Earlier it was reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered that the British 5G network be completely cleared of Huawei equipment by 2027.

Minister of Digital Technology, Culture, Media and Sports Oliver Dowden said that 5G technology will be a “revolutionary achievement” for the UK, but only with confidence “in the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which it is built.”

"Following US sanctions against Huawei and updated technical advice from our cyber experts, the government has decided it is necessary to ban Huawei from our 5G networks," the minister added.

He noted that from January 2021, "No new kit is to be added from January 2021, and UK 5G networks will be Huawei free by the end of 2027."

A spokesman for Huawei expressed disappointment with this decision by the British authorities.

“This disappointing decision is bad news for all UK mobile phone owners. It threatens to switch the UK into a slow digital mode, increase bills and widen the digital divide. Instead of leveling up, the government has decided to lower it, and we urge them to review it decision, "he said.

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