ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Huawei crackdown

NEC to support 5G networks in UK as alternative to Huawei

Announcement comes days after Japan and Britain sign post-Brexit trade agreement

British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi bump elbows at their news conference following a signing ceremony for a bilateral trade deal on Oct. 23 in Tokyo.   © Reuters

LONDON (Kyodo) -- Major Japanese information technology firm NEC Corp. will support the development of next-generation 5G wireless networks in Britain, according to the British government.

The move came after the British government said in July it will bar the use of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co.'s equipment from its high-speed network infrastructure due to security concerns, allowing NEC to serve as a possible alternative and strengthen its 5G business in Britain.

In a Twitter post last week, Britain's Department for International Trade said NEC "to support roll out of 5G in the UK." The announcement was made as Japan and Britain signed a post-Brexit bilateral free trade agreement.

British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss met with NEC Chairman Nobuhiro Endo during her visit to Japan to sign the trade pact and discussed the establishment of the firm's hub for 5G-related businesses, according to the British government.

Britain has said it will no longer allow the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks due to unresolved security concerns, and required network providers to remove already-incorporated equipment by 2027.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has urged other countries not to use the Chinese firm's tech in their 5G networks, suspecting Huawei's equipment could be used for cyberespionage, an allegation that the company denies.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 1 month for $0.99

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends October 31st

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to Nikkei Asia has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more