GSMA proposes meeting to ban Huawei 5G equipment in EU

A Trojan horse for the Chinese government

A Trojan horse for the Chinese government

PARIS/FRANKFURT-The global trade organization for mobile communications operators, GSMA, has proposed that its members discuss the possibility that Chinese network vendor Huawei will be excluded from key markets.

GSMA Director General Mats Granryd has written to members proposing to put the debate around Huawei onto the agenda of its next board meeting, a spokesman for the federation told Reuters on February 2.

Several countries are excluding the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer from their 5G deployments, while other nations are considering measures that would limit the company's influence on their communications infrastructure.

GSMA, which represents the mobile industry to government institutions, has recommended the European Commission mulls barring Huawei Technologies from 5G outbuilding operations across all E.U. member states. These fears are heightened by 5G because of the sensitive information these networks will carry. Even with denials from company founder Ren Zhengfei and current chairman Liang Hua, Huawei can't seem to do anything to disprove the rumors that its phones and equipment spy on consumers and corporations. This includes the United Kingdom, where BT, EE, Vodafone and Three are all customers.

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Considering that Huawei is the global leader in providing networking equipment to wireless carriers, the GSMA is anxious that some operators won't have access to the latest technology if Huawei can't sell its gear in certain markets.

TechRadar Pro understands that the final agenda for the meeting at MWC has not been finalised and that the reports can not be confirmed at this stage.

The meeting will be held this month in Barcelona on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, the industry's biggest annual gathering.

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