China’s Huawei is falling behind in the race to supply telecommunications equipment for 5G networks in Europe, its largest market outside of its home turf.

As Sweden decided in October to exclude Huawei from its next-generation mobile networks, seven out of 27 European Union member states have made moves to heavily restrict the Shenzhen company’s participation in the buildout of 5G. The list includes heavyweights like France and the UK. 

Among countries that have not made decisions on Huawei, six have signed a declaration of intent to keep their networks “clean” of Chinese technology under the US “Clean Network” initiative. Signing the Clean Network initiative does not appear to bind countries to bar Huawei gear. 

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