Merkel’s harsh position on Huawei has exposed EU cracks: ‘Working more with China!’
THE CRACKS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION ARE BEGINNING TO SHINE, AFTER NATIONS WITHIN THE UNION APPEARED TO REJECT Angela Merkel’s firm position on Huawei.
In a blow to Chinese business Huawei, the German Bundesrat passed the IT-Security Law earlier this year to obtain greater control over cybersecurity. It requires telecoms companies to notify the German government if they sign contracts for crucial 5G components, and it gives them the authority to veto such offers. Fearing alienating Beijing over its handling of 5G, Berlin became the last of the major EU economies to regulate the sector.
The German approach to Huawei generally mirrored the EU’s rules in its Toolbox and risk assessment report for 5G network cybersecurity, which was aimed to mitigate potential dangers in the European 5G rollout.
While the majority of EU countries appear to be following the rules, not all of them appear to be doing so.
Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron handed his cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, the power to deny 5G contracts between operators and Huawei.
However, Orange, France’s largest telecom operator, has stated that it will continue to work with Huawei on Africa’s 5G deployment.
“We’re dealing more and more with Chinese vendors in Africa,” said CEO Stephane Richard.
“They’ve put money into Africa whereas European suppliers are hesitant.”
When building Europe’s 5G networks, Orange says it will avoid utilizing equipment from Chinese vendors such as Huawei, instead choosing for Ericsson and Nokia.
Other countries have taken a more lenient stance.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is believed to be “a major champion of Chinese technology companies launching projects and investments,” hence Spain has refrained from outright banning Huawei.
Instead, it took a “neutral and independent” approach, focusing on administrative procedures rather than political assessments.
The decision to enable the Chinese company to enter the 5G market will be purely based on the risk level assessed by specialists.
To avoid declaring an official ban against Chinese giant Huawei, the Spanish government will also prepare a list of “safe” mobile technology suppliers for the future local 5G mobile network.
Despite this, Telefonica Spain is said to have chosen Nokia and Ericsson to build its own 5G network (SA).
Other countries, such as Portugal, Luxembourg, and Austria, are even more unwilling to implement legislation that would keep Huawei at bay.
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