Officials in the UK have proposed granting Huawei a limited role in its future 5G network, resisting US calls for a complete ban over fears of Chinese spying, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The recommendation, made at a gathering of officials from senior government departments, comes ahead of a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council next week to decide how to deploy Huawei equipment, the sources said.
The officials proposed barring Huawei from the sensitive, data-heavy ‘core’ part of the network and restricted government systems, it is understood.
Meanwhile, German chancellor Angela Merkel has said that diversification is crucial to ensuring a country’s security in the rollout of 5G. Shunning one supplier risks being counter-productive, she said, in an apparent show of support for allowing Huawei as a 5G supplier in Germany.
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