The EU appears to be following Washington’s lead to bar Chinese telecommunication companies from bidding for the development of 5G networks for security reasons. The White House is considering an executive order that would bar US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE, citing concerns about their deep ties to the Chinese secret intelligence services and their ability to spy on US citizens through the products that they sell. Various unconfirmed media reports from Brussels have indicated that the European Union could move in the same direction ahead of the development of 5G networks in Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany, Belgium, and Austria, all of whom have expressed concerns that hackers in both China and Russia could use the new technology for espionage purposes. Singalling a sea change in European companies’ attitudes towards the two Chinese mobile giants, French telecom provider Orange said it would not be using Huawei equipment for its 5G network and Deutsche Telecom from Germany warned that it was looking into the various security concerns that the German security services have about Chinese vendors. Berlin’s concerns have also been echoed by the Czech government, who have also issued stark warnings against using equipment designed by… Read full this story
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