EU will not succumb to US pressure for a ban on global telecom leader, Huawei; instead it has come out with guidance for its member countries. It has called for a joint approach by the member countries to tackle security hazards posed by 5G networks by using tools specified in the NIS directive of 2016 and the Cyber-security Act that was approved in recent times. This includes sharing of data and analyzing studies related to impact assessments of security hazards and certification for all 5G Gear and internet linked devices.
The guidance which talks tough on Chinese investment will be put forth by European digital chief, Andrus Ansip on Tuesday. The EU executive has issued this recommendation after waking up to the fact of a likely Chinese dominance considering that China is a major supplier of crucial raw materials required in production of high-tech items. All along, there were no restrictions of any kind being imposed on China by the EU. The guidance will promote interactions on security evaluations of digital sensitive infrastructure between member countries. However, no global ban is advocated by the EU.
The leading telecom companies are against a ban on Huawei as according to them it could prove detrimental to the progress of 5G deployments in the EU. 5G which has promised to usher in smart living is being seen as the cash cow of the future as far as telecom industry is concerned. Nevertheless, New Zealand and Australia have refrained from using Huawei equipment while Germany has toughened its regulations with regard to all vendors of telecom equipment.
Besides the Huawei issue, other items like Chinese subsidies, greater accessibility to the Chinese market and involvement of the state in Chinese economy would also form a part of agenda of the EU-China summit scheduled to take place on 9th April.