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Huawei ‘open to discussions’ with UK

CHINESE technology firm Huawei said on Sunday that it remains “open to discussions” with the British government and is working closely with its customers to find ways of managing the proposed US restrictions so Britain can maintain its current lead in 5G.

The US Department of Commerce has announced that it will impose new restrictions on Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology.

Huawei said in a previous statement that it “categorically opposes the amendments made by the US Department of Commerce to its foreign direct product rule that target Huawei specifically.”

The British government announced in January its new plans to safeguard the country’s telecoms network, which is widely seen as approving a restricted role for Huawei in helping build the country’s 5G network.

But the British government is reviewing the impact of the US restrictions on Huawei and will make a statement regarding the issue later this month, according to local media.

In Sunday’s statement, Victor Zhang, vice president of Huawei, said: “We believe it is too early to determine the impact of the proposed restrictions, which are not about security, but about market position.”

“All our world-leading products and solutions use technology and components over which the UK government has strict oversight.

“Our technology is already extensively used in 5G networks across the country and has helped connect people throughout lockdown,” said Zhang.


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