France discourages usage of Huawei 5G network equipment

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In 2018, Trump Administration announced a ban on the use of Huawei products and services in the country’s federal agencies. Later at the end of 2018, the Donald Trump-led government came up with evidence that all those equipment supplied by Chinese Telecom Company to date was involved in espionage activities that includes sending of data to remote servers linked to the Chinese Communist Party.

Soon, many countries like Japan, Canada, France, Ireland, UK, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, German announced that they will follow the lines of the USA and will impose a ban on the use of the equipment in their respective countries.

Now, France has announced that it will solely discourage operators not to use the 5G network equipment supplied by Huawei in all future projects. Meaning, it will not impose a direct ban but will discourage any kind of business agreements made with the Chinese vendor in its region.

And for those already in agreement with the Chinese Vendor, a permit of only 3-8 years extension will be given due to security fears.

“The Operators who are not using Huawei, we encourage them not to go that way because its a kind of the natural way of things”, said Guillaume Poupard, the head of France’s National Cybersecurity Agency ANSSI.

Mr. Poupard also stressed on the fact that the permits given to the use of Huawei will be filled with certain restrictions and limitations for accessing France’s 5G network.

Reacting to the statement issued by France, Huawei said that it is intending to cut ties with hostile nations and will continue working with those nations which are in good terms with China and Huawei.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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