US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the relationship between the US and the UK ‘is not at risk’ over the latest London’s decision to grant China’s Huawei a role in Britain’s 5G network.
During an event in London, Pompeo said the UK remains ‘a partner and a friend’ and the two countries’ ‘deep and complex’ bilateral relationship allows Washington to raise concerns.
The British government announced in late January its intention to allow the Huawei to supply part of the UK’s next-generation 5G data network – despite the government’s own assessment that the company is a “high risk vendor.”
Britain’s decision allows Huawei to supply up to 35 percent of non-core components of the UK’s 5G network.
Experts have sustained that London’s decision appears designed to avoid additional costs and potential delays associated with Huawei alternatives. Huawei is already providing 3G and 4G networks in the UK. Because of the lack of interoperability between different data providers, it could be more expensive and time-consuming to exclude all Huawei equipment from 5G.
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