Romania approves 5G network Huawei bill banning China

Bucharest — Romanian centrists have approved a bill on Thursday that effectively bans China and Huawei from participating in the development of 5G networks, IT & C and commissar of state security members told Reuters. It was.

Europe has emerged as a battlefield for the technology “Cold War” between China and Washington, and Huawei’s European competitors Ericsson and Nokia will duopoly their suppliers if Chinese companies are closed. There is a possibility of becoming.

“The government has approved this bill, which is of paramount importance to Romania, and has sealed a 2019 memorandum of understanding signed in Washington, which excludes China and Huawei from its 5G partnership with the Romanian state. Means, “says Pavel Popescu.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the two governments said in August 2019 that “as part of a risk-based security approach, a careful and thorough evaluation of 5G vendors is needed.”

Romania was a strong Washington ally before joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2004. Washington sees Huawei as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s global surveillance system.

Huawei has denied Chinese state spies.

Popescu said: “National security is an important goal and it is very important to protect the personal data of future generations of Romania.”

Vendor assessment states that it is necessary to determine whether a company is subject to control by a foreign government, has a transparent ownership structure, and is subject to a legal system that implements transparent corporate practices. I am.

Popesque said the bill, which could be rubber-stamped in Congress in the coming weeks, is a prerequisite for launching 5G bidding in the Black Sea later this year.

By Radu-Sorin Marinas