Washington has been calling on its European allies to deny Huawei access to their 5G markets, citing security issues. The White House later used the same pretext to unleash a crackdown on the Chinese tech giant, banning it from US soil and preventing the firm from buying American-made technologies.
One of the world’s biggest mobile operators, Vodafone, has launched its first commercial 5G network in 15 Spanish cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, using Huawei tech. The roll-out took place despite US pressure on European Union member states to ban Huawei from participating in the construction of 5G networks. However, Vodafone CEO Nick Read slammed the US demands, saying that ditching Huawei would delay the delivery of the network by around two years.
Washington claims that Huawei is installing backdoors in its equipment to allegedly help Beijing carry out espionage and cyberattacks, despite the company vehemently denying having ties to the government. The US has threatened to suspend intelligence sharing with European states that incorporate Huawei tech in their 5G networks, citing fears that the information could end up in China’s hands.
EU countries have been mostly reluctant to meet US demands. Leaks to the media suggest that the UK, one of the US’ closest allies, has decided to allow Huawei to participate in non-core 5G network systems. France has stated that it will not ban operators from using Huawei, but will not oppose them dropping the firm voluntarily either. Hungary has adamantly defended its right to use Huawei’s equipment in its fifth generation mobile network.
Source: Sputnik news