Huawei open to European supervision

Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping and CEO Richard Yu will face a prominent US lineup at the Mobile World Congress

Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping and CEO Richard Yu will face a prominent US lineup at the Mobile World Congress

The president will sign an executive order instituting the ban before MWC19 in Barcelona later month, Politico says, citing unnamed sources. The Chinese vendor now has the largest market share of the telecommunications equipment market at 28 percent, ahead of Nokia, Ericsson, and Cisco, according to research firm Dell'Oro Group.

"We have no intention of adopting any such initiatives", the industry ministry said in a statement.

A British government oversight panel that monitors Huawei's activities in the United Kingdom warned previous year that it can provide only "limited assurance" that its telecoms equipment poses no threat to national security. The Chinese company has been under scrutiny regarding security concerns ever since the United States encouraged its allies to bar the company from supplying 5G equipment to them.

In January, the Department of Justice framed a slew of charges against Huawei and sought the extradition of its chief financial officer for violating sanctions on Iran.

But the company's presence has sparked fears of Chinese espionage, with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson warning previous year he had "very deep concerns" about the firm's role in the UK. Already preparatory works are going on in many countries for the next-generation 5G wireless networks. It is the part of the network that processes telephone and internet traffic. There is no evidence anyone but Huawei and ZTE have been targeted by the administration's policies.

However, there is no confirmation from the White House on the speculated order.

The White House declined to comment for this story, but National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said that the U.S. was "working across government and with our allies and like-minded partners to mitigate risk in the deployment of 5G and other communications infrastructure".

The letter follows concerns raised previous year by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) in its annual report. Supposedly, President Trump will be signing an executive order as early as next week. Beyond the Old Continent, Huawei-made equipment is already banned for federal use in the United States which is now pressuring its allies into following suit. Huawei remains the world's largest telecom equipment maker but spying concerns may create a significant dent in its business; without access to some of the world's richest markets, the company could eventually cede its leadership to one of Nokia or Ericsson. That could further roil the Trump administration's already tense relationship with Beijing, especially if the U.S. push erodes Chinese firms' significant European market share.

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