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Huawei, which has recently surpassed Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone maker, now fears that US sanctions will bring “great difficulties” to its private customers. According to Liu, some 90 million of European users could face problems without Google’s updates for their Android-run Huawei phones and the company is “still looking for a solution.”
Most European countries have been initially reluctant to cave in to US pressure and exclude Huawei from next generation networks on security grounds. While European countries are still trying to find common ground on Huawei, with major powers such as France and Germany still refusing to exclude any particular company from the 5G market, some countries, like the UK, have already made a U-turn in their approach. Earlier this week, telecoms operators Orange and Proximus decided to drop Huawei from building 5G networks in Belgium.
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