Italy prevented FastWeb, the countrys telecoms group, from signing an agreement with Huawei to supply equipment for its 5g core network at a cabinet meeting later on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.
Italy rejects FastWebs 5g deal with Huawei China
This is the latest sign that Italy has taken a tougher stance against Huawei so far, and marks the first time Italy has rejected signing a 5g core network supply agreement with Huawei, Reuters said.
The (Italian) government rejected the move and asked FastWeb to diversify its suppliers, an Italian government source told Reuters
A source in the prime ministers office said the Italian government also wanted to assess whether Huawei could play a role in the 5g core network, Reuters said.
Huawei and FastWeb have yet to comment.
When visiting Italy in September this year, US Secretary of state pompeio claimed that Chinas mobile communication technology posed a threat to Italys national security. Huawei strongly denied the charges at the time, and its Italian subsidiary said it was ready for any review to prove that its technology was safe.
Although some U.S. allies have previously announced that Huawei equipment will be excluded from future telecom infrastructure construction in the country, Italy has never made such a statement. However, according to government and industrial sources, Italy has actually adopted a more obvious Pro us policy on the 5g agreement. The Italian government has recently become increasingly strict with Chinas 5g suppliers, which has forced enterprises to be more cautious when dealing with Huawei.
Italy was Sweden before.
On October 20, Swedens post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS) announced that it would ban companies participating in next months 5g spectrum auction from using Huaweis or ZTEs 5g equipment. Huaweis or ZTEs equipment in use must be replaced before the beginning of 2025.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on the 21st that China expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Swiss decision. Huawei and ZTE and other Chinese enterprises have strictly abided by local laws for many years, actively promoted Sino Swiss information and communication technology cooperation, and made positive contributions to the infrastructure construction of Sweden. The Chinese market is also open to European companies, including Sweden. In the absence of any evidence, the Swiss side, on the pretext of national security, shamelessly discredited Chinese companies, overtly suppressed Chinese telecom enterprises and politicized normal economic cooperation. This practice is contrary to Swedens market economy principles of freedom, openness, fairness and non discrimination, and also violates the rules of international trade and investment. Switzerland should uphold an objective and fair attitude, correct the wrong decisions, and avoid negative impacts on China Switzerland economic and trade cooperation and Swiss enterprises operation in China.
Source: global network editor: Qiao JunJing_ NBJ11279