On Sunday, the Chinese Embassy in Paris urged the French government not to discriminate against Huawei, as the selection of suppliers for the French 5G mobile network is underway. The company announced its fears of facing more restrictions than its competitors.
China’s Huawei, the global telecommunications networking equipment giant, has found itself at the center of an international political storm as the United States seeks to persuade other countries to ban companies from entering its mobile networks. Washington Says This Technology Could Be Used For Chinese Espionage – Accusation Rejected By Huawei And Beijing.
France is in the early stages of rolling out its next-generation wireless technology, and the government’s position on Huawei’s possible role is still unclear, telecom industry sources told Reuters. In recent months, some French media have reported that the company may face restrictions in several cities..
In a statement on its website, the Chinese embassy stated that it «shocked and worried» such messages, adding that French President Emmanuel Macron and other officials have repeatedly assured the public that all companies will be treated fairly.
«If, due to security concerns, the French government should indeed impose restrictions on operators, it should establish transparent criteria regarding this and treat all companies equally.», – stated at the embassy. He added that concerns about Huawei’s security were unfounded..
Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters, and French Economy Ministry declined to comment.
The embassy also said China has used foreign companies such as Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to power its internal networks..
«We do not want the development of European companies in China to suffer due to discrimination against Huawei and protectionism in France and other European countries.», – said in a statement.
French cybersecurity agency ANSSI, which is studying equipment from various vendors, is due to publish its preliminary findings later this month..
Several carriers have already chosen 5G equipment makers, while France’s Orange has chosen Nokia and Ericsson. UK gave Huawei a limited role in 5G rollout while the European Union resisted pressure from Washington.
United States is considering acquiring stakes in Nokia and Ericsson to counter Huawei’s dominance of 5G technology.