For Immediate Release: January 10, 2019
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New Report: Norway Poised to Ban Huawei from 5G Infrastructure
Close Ally Will Join Long List of Countries & Voices of Opposition
Today, Reuters reports that Norway joins a long list of countries fearful of the impacts of Huawei technology on national security and is considering excluding Huawei from building part of its 5G infrastructure.
Norwegian Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara said, “We share the same concerns as the United States and Britain and that is espionage on private and state actors in Norway.” Officials in Washington have said Huawei represents a threat to U.S. national security.
Wara went on to indicate Norway is considering taking concrete steps, much like the steps taken in the U.S. and UK, to actively block Huawei equipment from being used in existing or developing telecommunications infrastructure.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Sprint have refused to commit to the American public to exclude Huawei from building the proposed 5G network which would be created by their proposed merger.
America’s national security requires Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, Sprint and T-Mobile’s parent companies, to abandon the use of Huawei and ZTE equipment not just in the United States but around the world.
Asked whether there could be actions taken against Huawei specifically, Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara said: “Yes, we are considering the steps taken in other countries, that is part of it - the steps taken in the United States and Britain.”
In August, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill that barred the U.S. government from using Huawei equipment and is mulling an executive order that would also bar U.S. companies from doing so.
[The United States] is also calling on its allies not to use Huawei equipment when building 5G networks.
- In Britain, telecoms operator BT is removing Huawei equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile operations and will not use the Chinese company for central parts of the next network.
The article in full is available HERE.