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Huawei Hemorrhages Allies in Europe on Growing Security Concerns

  • BT and Deutsche Telekom among companies distancing themselves
  • Europe is the equipment maker’s biggest market outside China
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Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

The U.S. has been pushing governments for months to block Huawei Technologies Co. from telecom networks. That strategy is now taking hold in Europe, where the Chinese technology giant is losing allies by the day.

European officials and companies, initially slow to act on the U.S. warnings, this week increasingly distanced themselves publicly from the equipment supplier. The concern is that Beijing could use Huawei’s gear for spying -- something the company has always denied. While there have been no outright bans, the outlook is dimming for Huawei in its biggest market outside China.