Romania is going to exclude Huawei from its 5G Network

Pierluigi Paganini August 21, 2019

Romania will ban Chinese giant Huawei from its 5G network, reads a joint statement signed by the Romanian and US presidents.

Romania could be the last state in order of time to ban Chinese giant Huawei from its 5G network, reads a joint statement signed by the Romanian and US presidents.

The document was signed by Romania’s Klaus Iohannis and President Donald Trump during the visit of the Romanian President to Washington.

The two states “seek to avoid the security risks that accompany Chinese investment in 5G telecommunications networks”.

Iohannis is worried by the Huawei’s possible participation in the building of the country’s 5G network, he added that the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) would discuss it.

“The Romanian and American delegations also signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday establishing the conditions that service providers will have to fulfil to be part of the network.” reads the AFP press.

“These include the obligation not to be under the control of a third country’s government, according to Romanian news website G4Media.”

Romanian Government decided to adopt the “5G strategy for Romania” in June, the technological revolution will create 250,000 jobs and will bring in 4.7 billion euros ($5.2 billion).

The Romanian Government is going to launch a call for tenders for the country’s 5G network in the fourth quarter of this year.

Initially, the government had no intention to ban Huawei but evidently decided to accept the request of President Trump to his allies to exclude the Chinese manufacturer from their infrastructure.

In April, British Government approved a limited role for Huawei in the building of a national 5G network in the country, ignoring security concerns from senior ministers. In December, a Czech cyber-security agency warned against using Huawei and ZTE technologies because they pose a threat to state security.

The Chinese giant was already excluded by several countries from building their 5G internet networks. The United StatesAustraliaNew Zealand, and Japan announced the exclusion of Huawei technology for their 5G internet networks.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Huawei, cyberespionage)

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