UK asks Japan for Huawei alternatives in 5G networks

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The UK government asked Japan to help build its 5G wireless networks without Huawei Technologies, the Nikkei has said, a further step in a global technology and security war between the US and China.

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  • UK government asked Japan to help build its 5G wireless networks without China’s Huawei Technologies
  • The UK has named NEC Corp and Fujitsu Ltd as potential alternative suppliers to Huawei

Britain has named NEC Corp and Fujitsu Ltd as potential alternative suppliers to Huawei, the business daily reported, without citing sources.

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, the Nikkei said.

As the United Kingdom finally severs ties with the European Union, fears over the security of Huawei Technologies have forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to choose between the US and China, weighing a critical alliance against billions in investment.

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The Nikkei said the latest 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 embassy in Tokyo and Fujitsu did not immediately respond to Email or text inquiries on Sunday. Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat and NEC did not answer calls. Huawei and China’s foreign ministry had no immediate comment.

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

Via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki in Tokyo. Additional reporting by David Kirton in Shenzhen and Ryan Woo in Beijing. Editing by William Mallard.

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