Romania mulls excluding Huawei from 5G network

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(AFP) – Bucharest could exclude Chinese giant Huawei from its future 5G network, according to a joint statement signed by the Romanian and US presidents and published yesterday.

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The document signed by Romania’s Klaus Iohannis and his American counterpart Donald Trump says the two leaders “seek to avoid the security risks that accompany Chinese investment in 5G telecommunications networks”.

It was signed during a trip made by Mr Iohannis to Washington on Tuesday.

Mr Iohannis recently expressed “concerns” regarding Huawei’s possible participation in the country’s 5G network, adding the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) would discuss it.

The Romanian and American delegations also signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday establishing the conditions that service providers will have to fulfil to be part of the network.

These include the obligation not to be under the control of a third country’s government, according to Romanian news website G4Media.

Bucharest adopted the “5G strategy for Romania” in June, aimed at providing 250,000 jobs and bringing in 4.7 billion euros ($5.2 billion).

It is preparing to launch a call for tenders for the fifth generation of mobile networks in the fourth quarter of this year.

The government had initially suggested that the Chinese equipment manufacturer would not be excluded.

The US fears that Huawei will allow Beijing to spy on communications from the countries that use its products and services.

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