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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:37 AM

Italy, Germany resist ban on Huaweis 5G gear

The German government is seeking to avoid any policy that would restrict Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei from building out its 5G networks, Handelsblatt reported Thursday.

Also on Thursday, the Italian government denied reports that it was prepared to ban Huawei for the next-generation services.

Local media had reported earlier in the day that Rome was ready to place a ban on the use of equipment from Chinese firms.

But Italy’s industry minister swiftly corrected the record, saying “we have no intention of adopting any such initiatives,” according to Reuters.

Italian daily La Stampa had reported, citing Defense and Foreign Ministry sources, that the federal government was ready to use its powers to withdraw from existing contracts in order to safeguard strategic infrastructure.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun, along with the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Economics, Finance and Infrastructure, announced a unanimous position that the country does not seek to ban Huawei.

However, the German daily cautioned that new rules set to be completed before the country’s 5G auction could still restrict Huawei’s role.

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Huawei’s European competitors, Ericsson and Nokia, lag far behind Huawei, according to industry experts. There is currently no US firm that is ready to provide the core equipment necessary to roll out 5G networks.

Observers say Washington’s last-minute attempt to block Huawei out of international markets comes too late, and reflects a lack of any domestic policy that promotes a competitive alternative.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/italy-germany-reject-ban-on-huaweis-5g-gear/

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