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UK asks Japan for help with 5G as alternative to Huawei

NEC and Fujitsu to benefit but face competitors Ericsson and Nokia

Pedestrians walk past an advertisement promoting Britain's 5G data network at a mobile phone shop in London on Jan. 28. The U.K. has asked Japan for help in creating the network after it decided to exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from it.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The British government has asked Japan for help in creating its 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless networks, Nikkei has learned.

The request came after the U.K. on Tuesday decided to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment to the networks starting the end of this year as well as remove all the company's devices from them by 2027.

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