The EU appears to be following Washington’s lead to bar Chinese telecommunication companies from bidding for the development of 5G networks for security reasons.

The White House is considering an executive order that would bar US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE, citing concerns about their deep ties to the Chinese secret intelligence services and their ability to spy on US citizens through the products that they sell.

Various unconfirmed media reports from Brussels have indicated that the European Union could move in the same direction ahead of the development of 5G networks in Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany, Belgium, and Austria, all of whom have expressed concerns that hackers in both China and Russia could use the new technology for espionage purposes.


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