Huawei to ask UK to delay deletion of 5G network – The Times


FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Huawei network logo and 5G is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration photo taken on January 29, 2020. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

(Reuters) – Chinese Huawei Technologies has asked to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to conclude an agreement to delay its potential withdrawal from the country’s 5G telephone network, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

The Chinese telecommunications equipment maker is seeking to delay its withdrawal from the country’s 5G telecommunications networks until after the June 2025 elections, in the hope that the new government will be able to reverse its decision, the newspaper reported.

Huawei in return pledges to keep its equipment in the UK, also used on 2G, 3G and 4G networks, the report added.

Britain granted Huawei a limited role in its future 5G networks in January, but ministers have since said that the introduction of U.S. sanctions against the company means it will no longer be a reliable supplier.

Johnson has come under intense pressure from the United States and some British legislators to ban the manufacturer of telecommunications equipment for security reasons.

Chinese Ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming warned last week that getting rid of Huawei would send a “very bad message” to Chinese companies.

A government update on Chinese society is expected to be released before July 22, according to a minister and a government official.

Report by Rebekah Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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