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EU recommends members to restrict but not ban Huawei from 5G networks

The European Union told member states that they can use 5G equipment from high-risk vendors, such as Huawei, although there will have to be strict regulations in place to counter any potential national security threat. The Commission said that countries in the bloc should adopt a risk mitigating approach while using 5G equipment from high risk vendors. Endorsing a “5G toolbox,” it said that it was a “guidance in the selection and prioritisation of measures that should be part of national and EU risk mitigation plans”. This essentially means that the EU will not ban Huawei from developing 5G networks for member countries, but its participation will be restricted and regulated. While EU did not specifically mention Huawei, it is the telecom vendor that has drawn severe criticism from the US, which has also been urging its allies from refraining to use Huawei’s products. However, it is worth mentioning that EU nations are in no way bound to follow the guidelines released by the Commission. “We can do great things with 5G,” said Margrethe Vestager, a top official of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. “But only if we can make our networks secure.” What the guidelines entail The 5G toolbox, gives countries in the bloc regulatory powers to scrutinise network procurement and deployment, specific measures to address risks related to non-technical vulnerabilities assess the risk profile of suppliers and promote initiatives to support the development of sustainable and diverse 5G suppliers. The Commission further said that member countries should:…

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