5G suppliers should be diversified urgently

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The European Commission said that EU countries should take urgent measures to diversify suppliers (5G), as this step would reduce Huawei’s presence in Europe at a time when the United States pressed the bloc to imitate Britain and ban the Chinese company from the fifth generation networks.

In November of last year, the European Union agreed to take a strict line against suppliers (5G) to reduce the risks of cybersecurity for next-generation mobile networks, which are seen as essential to boosting economic growth and competitiveness.The strategy included reducing the dependence of countries and telecommunications companies on a single supplier, and the committee said: Although some progress has been made, much work needs to be done.

The world’s first Chinese telecom maker, Huawei, competes in telecom equipment manufacturing with the Finnish company Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson.”There is an urgent need for development in order to reduce the risk of dependence on high-risk suppliers, with the aim of reducing dependencies at the European Union level,” said the Executive Director of the European Union, in a report on the progress made by the 27 member states of the European Union.

Citing lack of interoperability, he added, “Challenges have been identified in designing and enforcing appropriate multi-vendor strategies for mobile operators or at the national level due to technical or operational difficulties.”

The United States indicates that China may use the company’s Shenzhen-based equipment to spy, a charge rejected by Huawei.

European Union officials said: The phasing out of high-risk (5G) suppliers and additional costs would not delay the deployment of 5G networks across the European bloc, and that Ericsson and Nokia would be able to handle demand.

The Commission also urged 13 EU countries to adopt the FDI screening mechanism without delay, a tool that allows EU governments to interfere in cases of FDI in strategic assets, especially if there are companies controlled by the state or funded by the state.





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