Having Just Met The US Ambassador, Telecom Italia Considered Abandoning Huawei 5G, Huawei Responded

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[Southern + July 10] According to British media reports, according to two people familiar with the matter on July 9, Italy Telecom (TIM) has excluded China’s Huawei technology company from its core network 5G equipment to be built in Italy and Brazil Outside the bidding.


According to one of the sources, the list of invited suppliers includes Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Mavenir and Affirmed Networks recently acquired by Microsoft.


At the same time, there are reports that Italy is considering whether to exclude Huawei from the construction of 5G networks, fearing that this may open the way for Huawei to "listen".


Huawei subsequently objected to this statement and stated that "Italian security and development should be based on facts, not unfounded allegations."

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All along, the US government has urged its allies to exclude China’s Huawei from the next generation of Western communication systems. It is worth noting that last week, Italian Foreign Minister Di Mayo met with the US ambassador in Rome. The content of the talks between the two parties involved Huawei-related issues. Britain and France, which once gave Huawei a "green light," also tightened their policies on Huawei.


According to reports, the UK will release a new government report on Huawei this month. Previously, the UK government only granted Huawei a limited role in the construction of 5G networks in the UK. The head of the French National Network Security Agency (ANSSI) ruled out the possibility of a total ban on Huawei's 5G network equipment in an interview with the media last week, but said it was encouraging French telecommunications companies to avoid using it.

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It is reported that Huawei has successfully conducted 5G tests with major Brazilian operators including Telecom Italia’s subsidiary in Brazil and is helping them to modernize their infrastructure before the 5G spectrum auction.


A person familiar with the plan said that another bid for 5G equipment may be held in Brazil next year. If the Brazilian President Bosonaro’s government allows it, Huawei can still participate in the second bid.


A Huawei executive warned this week that if Brazil succumbs to US pressure and refuses to use Chinese suppliers, the country's deployment of 5G networks may be delayed for several years and the cost will be higher.


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Prior to this, Italian government officials have repeatedly expressed support for Huawei. In October 2019, Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio ignored the US warning that "Huawei threatened national security", saying that Italy can effectively protect the country's information security and has no intention of concluding a trade agreement that may damage national sovereignty.


On December 22 of the same year, Italian Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuaneri once again supported Huawei that it should be allowed to participate in the construction of the country’s 5G network, because Huawei provides the best solution at the most suitable price, Italy The banner of the market cannot be held high on one side, and protectionism can be implemented on the other.


In recent years, various cooperation between China and Italy has been continuously deepened. Especially in March this year, the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic is raging around the world. Italy’s confirmed cases once ranked first in Europe. After seeking ruthless rejection from the European Union, China has offered a helping hand to Italy while responding to its own outbreak. China not only sent a large number of anti-epidemic materials, but also sent a team of medical experts to provide assistance. In the field of anti-epidemic disease, China and Italy have achieved world-renowned achievements.

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On July 6, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that 5G technology is the cutting-edge, leading and platform technology of the fourth industrial revolution. Under the tide of globalization, the development and utilization of 5G will surely be the process and product of consultation, co-construction and sharing among countries.


Responding to France’s tightening of its policies on Huawei, Zhao Lijian emphasized that he hopes that France can maintain an objective and fair attitude, respect market laws and corporate wishes, and independently make choices that are in its own interests and take practical actions to include Chinese companies. Of companies in all countries provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment.