VIENNA (Reuters) – Europe should agree a joint position on whether or not Chinese firm Huawei is allowed to equip 5G networks for next-generation mobile networks to ensure fair competition, Austria’s technology ministry said on Wednesday.
The European Commission is considering a de facto ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment due to security concerns. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence have been lobbying European politicians this week to ditch the Chinese firm’s network products.
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The Austrian ministry said in a statement that it “considers it useful to address the issue at a European level and to define a common approach”.
“However, it must also be ensured that competition in Europe and Austria is not restricted,” it added.
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Huawei, the global networks market leader with annual sales exceeding $100 billion, is the subject of U.S. security concerns over its ties with the Chinese government and suspicion Beijing could use its technology for spying.
It denies the allegations and said on Wednesday...
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