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European Commission justifies ban on Huawei and ZTE in 5G networks


European Commission justifies ban on Huawei and ZTE in 5G networks

The European Commission has stated that the decision of some EU member states to exclude Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks is justified and in line with guidelines. This assertion was made in a new document released online by the European Commission, which highlights that both companies pose a “significantly higher risk” compared to other 5G suppliers.

The document in question is the second progress report on the implementation of the EU Toolbox for 5G cybersecurity. According to the report, 24 EU member states have taken measures that empower national authorities to assess suppliers and impose restrictions in this regard. Ten member states have actually imposed limitations on suppliers, while three states are working on implementing national legislation in this area.

EU member states urged to implement the toolbox promptly
The European Commission emphasizes the importance of connectivity infrastructure for the digital economy and the reliance on 5G networks for many critical services. Therefore, the Commission calls on EU member states to promptly implement the EU Toolbox for 5G cybersecurity without any further delay.

The European Commission also underscores its concerns about the risks posed by certain suppliers of mobile telecom equipment to the EU’s security. Specifically naming Huawei and ZTE, it asserts that the bans on the use of equipment from both companies in 5G networks, which have been implemented by some EU member states, are justified and in line with the toolbox. “Based on a wide range of available information, the Commission considers that Huawei and ZTE pose a material higher risk than other 5G suppliers,” states the European Commission in a press release.

The European Commission is also taking measures to prevent exposure of its business communications to mobile networks that use Huawei and ZTE as suppliers. “The Commission is taking steps to prevent exposure of its critical assets to these suppliers’ equipment,” writes the European Commission. Additionally, it aims to collaborate with EU member states and telecom operators to ensure that these suppliers are increasingly phased out from existing connectivity services at European Commission locations.

Impact on European funding
Furthermore, the European Commission intends to incorporate this decision into relevant EU funding programs and instruments. This likely means that the European Commission will no longer provide funding for connectivity products that utilize 5G equipment from these two Chinese companies.

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