A senior US diplomat said that the European Union countries have no reason to use Huawei’s 5G mobile technology because Ericsson, Sweden, Finland’s Nokia and South Korea’s Samsung are on an equal footing with the Chinese group in this field. It is “necessary to demystify” the idea that Huawei has become more advanced in 5G, said Robert Starer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for e-Policy, Communications and Information at the US State Department, on a visit to Lisbon. Washington wants its allies to ban Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecom equipment, saying that the use of this group creates the potential for espionage by China – something that Huawei and Beijing deny.
Its position raised tensions with allies such as Britain, who gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Huawei a limited role in building a 5G mobile network.
Struer said that the United States encourages European countries to reflect on the security and economic implications of moving forward with the use of Huawei technology.
“There is no way to fully mitigate any kind of risk except for the use of reliable sellers from democratic countries,” Streer told reporters.
“The good news is Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung, all of which offer 5G technology that fits what Huawei has to offer today. It is the world leader in the kind of technology they have.”
Huawei says it spent $ 15 billion last year on research to help it lead the market and said the United States wants to thwart its growth because no American company can offer the same set of technology at a competitive price.
Strayer said Western vendors like Ericsson and Nokia would use an open architecture with more functionality, creating opportunities for companies in the United States and Europe to provide compatible equipment.
He said that American companies such as Dell, Cisco, Juniper and VMware “want to play a future role,” as many European companies see involved as well. The European Union has said that it will allow members to define the role that Huawei can play in 5G networks.
Portugal last month approved guidelines for its 5G strategy and launched a working group to monitor the network’s risks and security permanently.