France to defy US in using Huawei equipment in 5G network, say sources

The British flag and a smartphone with a Huawei and 5G network logo. Picture: REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

Paris — France will authorise the use of some of Huawei’s equipment in the rollout of its 5G network, two sources close to the matter told Reuters, despite US calls to exclude the Chinese telecom giant from the West’s next-generation communications.

The French cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, is due to tell telecom operators which equipment they are allowed to use for the deployment of their 5G network in France, but has not made public any decision.

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