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U.K. Opens Talks With Huawei Rival as Johnson Confronts China

  • Japan’s NEC lined up for potential U.K. trial of 5G systems
  • British officials fear Tory rebels will block Huawei plans
Boris Johnson 

Boris Johnson 

Photographer: Daniel Leadl-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

The U.K. is in talks with a rival to Huawei Technologies Co. as Boris Johnson’s officials revise the British government’s stance toward China in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Officials spoke with Japanese technology company NEC Corp. in May as part of efforts to diversify the range of equipment providers for the U.K.’s fifth-generation mobile networks, a person familiar with the matter said. The government is also looking at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as a possible option to provide crucial 5G infrastructure, the person said.