Overseas Network, Jan. 22? Recently, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan excluded Huawei from the 5G market on the grounds of national security issues. The United States also appealed to its allies to boycott Huawei. The French government will introduce the anti-Huawei amendment, which has been criticized by French Telecom operators. French media said that the blockade of Huawei by the French government will make France lag behind in the global 5G competition.
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The French Government will introduce the Anti-Huawei Amendment
The French government recently proposed an amendment to strengthen the powers of the French National Network Security Agency (ANSSI) and the Office of the Secretary-General for Defence and National Security (SGDSN), according to the French Echo newspaper. Foreign media pointed out that the goal of the measure was Huawei, and the French media directly named the amendment anti-Huawei.
The French government is preparing an amendment to Anti-Huawei (Source: Echo)
Reported that on January 16, Frances major telecommunications operators (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Telecom), the French General Administration of Enterprises (DGE), the French Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Arcep), the French Telecommunications Federation (FFT) and the French National Network Security Agency (ANSSI) held a joint meeting and proposed an anti-Huawei amendment.
The French government will use the amendment to give the National Network Security Agency a retrospective inspection power. At present, the equipment installed by operators, including antennas, can be installed through the prior inspection of the National Network Security Bureau. However, the retrospective inspection right will enable the Network Security Bureau to carry out a retrospective inspection of the installed equipment again. According to French media, this will affect devices and products that Huawei has installed, even 3G and 4G. Neither the French Prime Ministers Office nor the French National Network Security Agency would comment on the matter at present.
Its almost a scandal and its very unfair, Chinese economist Xiang Ligang told the Global Times. France can change its laws and regulations, but its ridiculous to do so only for an overseas company, and it violates basic international business equity.
Anti-Huawei Amendment Caused Dissatisfaction among French Operators
Before that, French operators had highly valued Huaweis technological advantages and had close cooperation with Huawei. The French newspaper Figaro pointed out that Huawei, the French operator of Bouygues Telecom, provided half of the equipment and joined Huawei in conducting 5G tests in Bordeaux, France; SFR also urged Huaweis help in deploying 5G; and Orange, Frances largest telecom operator, used Huawei equipment in its branches outside France, especially in Africa. In other words, the radio components that now ensure that French consumers can communicate are likely to be Chinese.
The Echo newspaper said that while French telecom operators were still busy covering areas not covered by France with 4G, the French government had to expand the censorship powers of the National Network Security Agency, which caused discontent among French Telecom operators. The Network Security Bureau even checks the color of bolts! The head of a French operator said.
French media believe that France must issue a 5G frequency license immediately in 2019. The ban on Huawei may make France lag behind in the global 5G competition at a cost that is unimaginable to the French government. Meanwhile, French operators worry that if Huawei is blocked, Nokia will not be able to complete these technical tasks.
Last week, Ren Zhengfei, in response to questions from the Associated Press, said that over the past 30 years, Huawei has maintained a good safety record by serving more than 3 billion people in more than 170 countries. Secondly, Huawei is an independent business company. We stand firmly on the side of customers in terms of network security and privacy protection. We will never harm any country or anyone. Thirdly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has clarified that there is no legal requirement for enterprises to install backdoors. Huawei and I have never received any such request.