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US warns British telecom giants against use of Huawei kit

Britain’s largest telecom companies have been directly warned by Washington against using Huawei equipment in their 5G networks, just hours after Vodafone admitted it had identified security flaws several years ago.  

Vodafone, BT and Telefonica’s O2, were summoned by US officials to a closed-door meeting at the US embassy in London on Tuesday to discuss the alleged risks posed by Huawei equipment to UK security. 

Details of the meeting emerged after Vodafone revealed it had discovered hidden security flaws in Huawei equipment used on its Italian network about a decade ago. The telecoms giant said the vulnerabilities had since been resolved, according to Bloomberg