London — Vodafone, the world’s second largest ceullar operator, said it was “pausing” the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments resolve concerns about the Chinese company’s activities. Huawei is facing increasing scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and a suspicion that its technology could be used by Beijing for spying. Huawei has denied the allegations. Vodafone’s CEO Nick Read said on Friday that the Huawei debate was playing out at a “too simplistic level”, adding that it was an important player in an equipment market dominated by three companies. Read said its equipment was used in Vodafone’s core — the intelligent part of its networks — in part of Spain and some other smaller markets. “Given that, we have decided to pause further Huawei [usage] in our core while we engage with the various agencies and governments and Huawei just to finalise the situation, in which I feel Huawei is really open and working hard,” he said afte...

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