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The U.S. will Find Persuading Africans to Abandon Huawei a Tough Sell

The CEO of Safaricom, Michael Joseph, commenting back in February on whether his company will abandon Huawei equipment.

The UK’s decision to remove Huawei equipment from its new 5G network marks a significant win for the United States, who’s been lobbying governments for years to stop using the Chinese telecom company’s gear. 

The U.S. alleges, so far without evidence, that Huawei presents a dire security threat from back-doors in equipment that can be used either for espionage by the Chinese government or, more seriously, to take control of key telecommunications functions in the event of outright conflict. 

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