Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

MPs: No Technical Grounds For Huawei Ban

MPs: No Technical Grounds For Huawei Ban

Speaking at an event in Milan today, the chief executive of the telecoms giant's Italian unit, Thomas Miao, said Italy's golden power - which allows the state to intervene in the private sector in the defence of national security - should be extended to all vendors in the European Union. The White House has said that Chinese tech giant will remain banned from developing its 5G wireless networks in the U.S., although American firms will be allowed to sell small components such as chips to the Chinese company.

Huawei is reportedly preparing to cut hundreds of American jobs as it looks to slash costs and mitigate the blow of being blacklisted in the US.

Announcing the investment plan Huawei's managing director for Italy Thomas Miao said trade tensions between the United States and China were not having an impact on Huawei's business in Italy for now.

A United Kingdom parliamentary committee has called on the government to publish a delayed review into the role of Huawei Technologies Ltd by the end of August, saying there could be reasons to ban the Chinese company from Britain's phone networks.

Experts in the Canadian capital are scrutinizing the security risks of 5G networks, including the impact of Huawei's participation in the country's infrastructure development.

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"The communications network operators estimate that a complete exclusion of Huawei from existing or future networks could delay the rollout by two or three years", said Lamb.

Whilst the USA has been lobbying its European allies to reject working with Huawei, the Italian government launched its China Task Force in September a year ago, as well as joined China's Belt and Road Initiative - the first G7 country to do so - in order to revive its struggling economy.

Mr Miao added that it was "very important that the 5G technology is neutral" and that such rules should apply "to all players" to ensure that "from day one we have a safe and reliable infrastructure". While the USA government now allows companies to request temporary licenses to do business with Huawei, such an approach obviously slows down a collaboration that was supposed to go much smoother between the Chinese tech giant and its American unit.

"In the worst case scenario up to 165 days may be needed to get approval for deals regarding 5G", Miao told reporters, adding this was too long a period of time.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has put Huawei on its so-called entity list, which meant US companies needed a licence to supply US technology to the Chinese firm.

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