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US welcomes UK's Huawei ban; Pompeo praises Jio for prohibiting firm's equipment

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "UK joins democracies such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Sweden in banning Huawei from future 5G networks."

July 15, 2020 / 04:58 PM IST

The United States on Tuesday welcomed United Kingdom's plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also praised Jio for prohibiting the use of Huawei equipment in their networks.

"With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for their national security by prohibiting the use of untrusted, high-risk vendors," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Asserting that the momentum in favour of secure 5G is building, Pompeo said the UK joins democracies such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Sweden in banning Huawei from future 5G networks.

"Clean carriers like Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan and others have also prohibited the use of Huawei equipment in their networks. Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software will not threaten national security, economic security, privacy, intellectual property or human rights," Pompeo said as the British move was welcomed by top American lawmakers.