PARIS / FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The Mobile Communications Industry GSMA has suggested that members discuss the possibility that Chinese network provider Huawei [HWT.UL] has been left out of key markets, among other things by allowing such developments to return operators for years.
FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a Huawei store in Beijing, January 29, 2019. REUTERS / Thomas Peter / File Photo
The European Commission weighs a de facto ban on Huawei's 5G next-generation mobile network network equipment in The EU because of security issues, sources in Brussels have told Reuters.
GSMA Director General Mats Granryd has written to members who propose to put the debate on Huawei on the agenda of their next board meeting, a federal spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.
The meeting will be held in late February on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, the industry's largest annual gathering, in Barcelona.
"It must be confirmed for now," he said.
Some Western countries, including the United States and Australia, have limited Huawei from building the next-generation mobile network, citing the fact that the equipment may include "back doors" that open up to online pioneering.
Western governments are also concerned that China's national intelligence law requires companies and people to cooperate in espionage efforts.
Huawei, the global market leader with annual sales of over $ 100 billion, denies the existence of any back doors. The company and founder Ren Zhengfei have several times refused to spy for China.
Many operators rely on Huawei to build out 5G networks, and a de facto ban will be a major setback for Europe's efforts to remain competitive in communications, with implications for affiliated factories, self-propelled cars, and medical technology.
Deutsche Telekom ( DTEGn.DE ), Europe's largest telecommunications company, has said that if it had to tear out Huawei equipment from existing networks, this could delay plans to roll out new services after two to three year.
Reporting of Douglas Busvine in Frankfurt, Gwenaelle Barzic in Paris, written by Kirsti Knolle, editing by Louise Heavens, William Maclean