Huawei open to European supervision: executive in speech

Huawei open to European supervision: executive in speech

Huawei open to European supervision: executive in speech

The proposed order, according to sources, will be part of the broader effort to shield the US from cyber threats.

An industry source said there was a "big push" to get the order signed before MWC.

Reuters saw a letter to British lawmakers from the Chinese firm in which it responded to the NCSC report that found it had exposed the UK's telecom networks to security risks.

Complicating the situation is the Canadian arrest of a top Huawei executive sought on an extradition request by the U.S. It maintains that it is a privately owned company with no ties to the Chinese government. Already preparatory works are going on in many countries for the next-generation 5G wireless networks.

TIM, which is said to use Huawei technology in just over 10 percent of its fixed line fiber network, and Fastweb are part of a consortium with Huawei to test 5G infrastructure in the southern towns of Bari and Matera.

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However, there is no confirmation from the White House on the speculated order.

Altmaier told Funke that talks on security standards for the mobile network were ongoing, adding that Germany needed to protect itself "in all sensitive areas, from hospitals to telecommunication".

The move, reported Thursday by Politico, would see the USA doing what it's been pressuring its allies to do: shut Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms equipment manufacturer, out of new networks that will support the upcoming "fifth generation" (5G) of mobile connectivity. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leaving after a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

Huawei still faces a long battle ahead as regulators, politics and security concerns present roadblocks - at the end of the day, Huawei has to somehow convince governments worldwide that it's not spying on anyone. That could further roil the Trump administration's already tense relationship with Beijing, especially if the USA push erodes Chinese firms' significant European market share.

Huawei has previously set up a cloud data centre worth $22.5 million in Thailand's EEC, a centrepiece of the government's policy to boost growth in the country that has struggled to attract foreign investors besides the Chinese. Accusations against the Chinese telecom companies have ranged from theft of trade secrets to violations of trade embargoes.

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