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Huawei offers to sign 'no-spy' pacts

By Wang Mingjie in London | China Daily | Updated: 2019-05-16 07:45

A limited role

The British government is due to reveal in a review of the country's telecommunications infrastructure whether it plans to allow Huawei to participate in the building of the United Kingdom's 5G network.

Early this month, leaked information from a meeting of the UK's National Security Council indicated the British government plans to allow Huawei to have a limited role in building the country's 5G network.

Shortly after the story was leaked, Prime Minister Theresa May sacked Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson for allegedly leaking the information, a charge Williamson strongly denied.

On Tuesday, Vodafone announced it will go live in the UK with its 5G network, relying on Huawei, in part, to provide the service.

An independent study by the global advisory company Oxford Economics shows Huawei supports more than 26,000 UK jobs, either directly or through its supply chain.

The report shows the company stimulated a 1.7-billion-pound ($2.19 billion) contribution to the UK's GDP in 2018.

And it invested 112 million pounds last year in the UK on research and development, also employing more than 300 researchers in the UK. In addition, it collaborated with 35 universities and research institutes, according to the report.

The independent study was unveiled at Huawei's 2019 UK Partner Summit.

Jerry Wang, Huawei UK CEO, said the "findings prove Huawei's value and contribution to the UK economy".

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