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Italy stalls 5G deal between Fastweb and Huawei

The US government said that the Chinese telecom company poses a threat to national security

The government of Italy has disallowed a 5G deal between Fastweb, a Swiss telecom and Huawei, media reports said. It is reported that the deal where Huawei was supposed to provide 5G core network equipment to Fastweb has been halted.

The government is yet to announce its final decision over the act as several European nations have either banned or restricted the use of Huawei’s equipment. For now, it is clear that Italy is taking a serious stance in the matter. China’s goods and services have been disrupted due to trade tensions between the US and China.

The US government said that the Chinese telecom company poses a threat to national security. The UK is open to the Chinese vendor but with restrictions on the percentage of equipment that can be used in any network.

Swedish Post and Telecom Authority told the media last week, that the “Influence of China’s one-party state over the country’s private sector brings with its strong incentives for privately-owned companies to act in accordance with state goals and the communist party’s national strategies.”

The statement was issued after Sweden banned Huawei and ZTE from its rollout of 5G networks. It is reported countries such as Kosovo, Bulgaria and North Macedonia have joined a US-based clean network group. However, the EU has not taken any official stance over it. The trade tension between the US and China has changed the global telecom landscape.

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