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Huawei in European 5G Heaven as Swiss Thumb Their Noses at Trump

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A cow wearing a 5G-connected device in Taenikon.
A cow wearing a 5G-connected device in Taenikon.Source: Agroscope/Sunrise/Huawei

A quiet Huawei Technologies Co.-led 5G revolution is unfolding at the heart of Europe -- in the bucolic Swiss hamlet of Taenikon.

Far from President Donald Trump’s campaign to stop the world from using the Chinese company’s technology, cows in this northern Swiss village -- with its white-washed cottages and manicured fields -- wear Huawei’s 5G-connected neck-straps instead of traditional flat bells. And in the village’s Cistercian abbey, converted into a test farm, Switzerland’s second-biggest telecommunications operator, Sunrise Communications Group AG, and Huawei test the next-generation 5G wireless network.