A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei digital signage is displayed on a store in Viña del Mar, Chile, July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File Photo
ROME (Reuters) – Chinese telecoms equipment group Huawei Technologies is a criticism of the Italian government’s newly beefed-up powers to intervene in the development of the fifth-generation (5G) telecom services, saying that they have been discriminated against in relation to the company.
Luigi De Vecchis, president of Huawei Italy, he made the remark at a parliamentary hearing after the government moved an urgent decision last week to strengthen the existing so-called “golden power” to take action in the private and public sectors.
It did so because of concerns about the possible involvement of Huawei and fellow Chinese equipment maker ZTE Corp is in the development of 5G networks, a government source said.
The United States has been lobbying in Italy and in other European allies to ensure that Huawei equipment, and will also be paying close scrutiny to the PHONE, including the providers may pose a security risk. The two companies have strongly denied any such risk.
Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by Mark Bendeich