What you need to know
- The EU will not be banning Huawei equipment from 5G networks.
- The bloc will be following the UK's footsteps in opting for a threat mitigation stance.
- While US officials are displeased by the decision, Huawei is pleased by the "non-biased and fact-based approach."
The EU will follow the UK in allowing Huawei hardware in its 5G networks in a limited capacity as it issues a new toolbox for security risks related to 5G. The bloc allows member states to set their own rules on adoption and choose their own suppliers but urges them to avoid dependency on "single" sources and especially "high-risk" suppliers. While Huawei isn't specifically named, it's clearly the subject of the discussion.
Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, said in a statement:
Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, also added:
In response to this move, Huawei issued the following statement (via Reuters.)
U.S. officials were displeased, reportedly calling the decision "disappointing". The country had banned Huawei from its networks, and had urged allied states to follow in its footsteps.
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