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Former UK spy says hard to lock Huawei out of 5G network

Britain is set to make a decision as early as Tuesday on China tech giant

The U.K. is considering whether or not to exclude Huawei equipment from the country's 5G network.   © Reuters

LONDON -- Ahead of a U.K. government decision on whether to further restrict the use of Huawei Technologies equipment in the country's 5G infrastructure, a former deputy in Britain's secret service said it would be difficult to lock the Chinese tech giant out of the system.

Parliament is expected to announce as early as Tuesday a U-turn on its Huawei policy, having agreed in January to allow the company -- categorized as a "high risk vendor" in Britain -- a limited role in building the network. That decision came despite U.S. pressure to completely exclude Huawei.

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