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Huawei and 5G: A risk worth taking?

The British government has announced that the country's new 5G networks will be built, in part, by the Chinese tech giant Huawei. The US, Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei, citing national security concerns. Britain admits the company is high risk. Brent Goff asked tech expert Graham Webster whether it is also a manageable risk.

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