UK asks Japan for Huawei alternatives in 5G networks

WION Web Team
London, London, UK (Great Britain) Published: Jul 19, 2020, 07:59 AM(IST)

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The move reflects Britain’s effort to bring in new equipment suppliers to foster competition and help reduce costs for the country’s wireless carriers.

The British government has asked Japan to help build its 5G wireless networks without Huawei Technologies. It has cited NEC Corp (6701.T) and Fujitsu Ltd (6702.T) as potential alternative suppliers.

The move reflects Britain’s effort to bring in new equipment suppliers to foster competition and help reduce costs for the country’s wireless carriers.

According to the Nikkei business daily, British officials met with their counterparts in Tokyo on Thursday, two days after Britain ordered Huawei equipment purged from its 5G networks by the end of 2027.

British digital minister Oliver Dowden last week said Britain was working with its allies to foster stronger rivals to Huawei, naming firms from Finland, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.

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