Huawei poses a threat to its national security and that of its allies and that the Chinese technology company was using its technology to spy on behalf of China’s government, a claim that Beijing says is driven by US commercial concerns.
Romanian PM Ludovic Orban declares that Chinese tech giant Huawei “does not meet [security] conditions” to be a part of building 5G networks in the country, adding that “we’ll choose a company that poses no threat to national security or other areas.”
Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced on Sunday (Nov. 1) that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei would be banned from its 5G network.
Huawei “does not meet conditions” to be part of the country’s 5G plans, said Orban, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). “With respect to 5G, [China] cannot be our partner,” the prime minister told RFE/RL’s Romanian Service in a Nov. 1 interview.
U.S. Ambassador to Romania Adrian Zuckerman has warned about the security risks posed by the Chinese telecoms company due to its close relationship with Beijing. Huawei and Beijing have denied spying allegations.
“Huawei is the wrong choice,” Zuckerman said in an editorial he wrote for Romanian media on Sept. 11. “Chinese communists despise freedom, rule of law, human rights, and the basic truth.”
Romania’s parliament is expected to pass the Huawei legislation after general elections on Dec. 6, RFE/RL reported. The country plans to open up its 5G network construction for public tender next year.
Huawei was recently hit with two other setbacks in Sweden and Italy as well. On Oct. 20, Sweden announced it was banning equipment made by Chinese telecoms companies Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network, while on Oct. 22, Italy prevented telecoms group Fastweb from signing a deal with Huawei to supply kit for its 5G core network.
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Orange, Romania’s largest telecoms operator, rolled out 5G coverage for all of Bucharest in late August.
It also offers 5G network to mobile subscribers in the Romanian cities of Otopeni, Voluntari, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Timisoara, Brasov, Constanta and Mamaia.
A1 Bulgaria, Telenor and Vivacom also are preparing 5G launches in the country.
Meanwhile in Poland, Plus launched 5G coverage on the 2.6GHz frequency in May, using Ericsson RAN and core equipment.
Orange and T-Mobile joined the fray with their own offerings in June.
Poland’s largest mobile provider, Play, relies most heavily on Huawei equipment and would be most affected by the ban.
There is particularly bad blood between Warsaw and Huawei.
A Warsaw-based sales director at Huawei, who was also an attaché in China’s embassy in the country, was arrested in January 2019 for espionage, along with a former member of Poland’s intelligence services.
Piotr Durbajlo had been a specialist in cybersecurity.
Huawei said the activities of Wang Weijing (who in Poland used the name Stanisław Wang) bore “no relation” to his work for the telco, and that they had terminated his employment for bringing Huawei into disrepute.
Crisis-hit Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing a security agreement with the US on high-speed Wi-Fi networks as part of a US campaign to exclude Huawei from 5G networks. Sofia had little real choice.
Bulgaria last week joined other Balkan countries in signing a security agreement with the US on high-speed wireless networks as part of a Trump administration campaign to exclude Huawei in 5G networks around the world.
Bulgaria has joined its regional neighbors, the Republic of Kosovo, North Macedonia and Slovenia, as well as Slovakia, in signing 5G security agreements with the US as part of the so-called “Clean Network” declaration.
Other countries that have also signed on include Romania, Greece, the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark and Latvia. Two G7 nations, Italy and the UK, have banned Huawei from their 5G rollouts and despite reservations, Germany and France, along with Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal, are expected to follow soon.