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Hungary has been no evidence of Huawei security threat, plans are to quick to 5G roll out: prime minister

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary has no evidence to show that the equipment of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei poses a security threat, the prime minister said on Thursday, adding that in Budapest it was to think of incentives to accelerate the roll-out of a new high-speed 5G network.

The Hungarian Innovation and Technology as the prime Minister Laszlo Palkovics is sitting for an interview in his office in Budapest, Hungary, June 20, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Gergely Szakacs

In the United States-and some of its Western allies believe Huawei equipment could be used for intelligence purposes, and to see to its expansion in central Europe, as a way to gain a foothold in the European market. Huawei denied the accusations against him.

Washington, in particular, regarding the expansion of Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment, such as Hungary and Poland.

Budapest has so far shrugged off concerns about the safety, security and Thursday, the Innovation and Technology of prime Minister Laszlo Palkovics told Reuters that Hungary had not received the evidence of what he termed the allegations were made to Ascend.

“We have a pretty pragmatic attitude, all the same, in fact, as in Germany,” Palkovics said. “It hasn’t been proven that Smartphone technology is only a risk in Hungary, as we have seen, has no data to support it.”

“Until there is evidence that Huawei, Cisco and other technology pose a threat to our community, and that is Hungary, both NATO and the European Union, we will make Smartphone technology as any other technology,” he added.

Palkovics made to follow the Hungarian telecom regulator NMHH, the publication of the draft documentation for the disposal of more than 400 megahertz of 5G spectrum, and later on in the year. The brand is the starting point for the roll-out of a high-speed wireless network in order to serve the self-driving cars, as well as real-time communication between machines.

He said that the country expects the auction to raise about 70 billion forint ($244.67 million.

Huawei has over 2,000 people in Hungary, where it has invested $1.2 billion since 2005, according to company figures. The European Supply Centre in the vicinity of Budapest, which was launched in 2009, Huawei ‘ s largest production facility outside of China, the group said.

Prime minister Viktor Orban, the government has strengthened the business ties with Beijing over the last couple of years.

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Recognising that Hungary’s technological insight has remained below that of the U.S. and other German allies, Palkovics, said Budapest had to study the case of Germany, where, he said, is that the assessment system has been developed for the precise identification of the possible threats to their safety and security. Germany is Hungary’s biggest foreign investor.

“I’m sure of it, that is, as it were, to make it clear that there is a security risk), Hungary is a member of the NATO alliance, which will hold a number of requirements, which we will follow, but for now, there is no information to support that,” he said.

The Deutsche Telekom unit Magyar Telekom has installed on Huawei and Cisco Systems, Inc. in a 5 G test base in the western part of Hungary.

Asked if Huawei was able to participate without restrictions in the roll-out of Hungary, and the 5G network, Palkovics said:

“As with other, more technologically advanced countries, will start its roll-out in this way, we will have to follow. If they fail to do so, we’ll do it.”

A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei logo, and your company will be seen at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China, June 3, 2019. The photo was taken on June 3, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo

Palkovics said that the government is planning talks with the telecom companies and other players in the sector on ways to speed up the roll-out of 5G.

The prime minister said that he has had with representatives of the German firm Siemens and BMW, which plans to build a 1 billion-euro plant in eastern Hungary, to discuss the possible applications of 5G technology.

“In Germany, and Siemens and BMW have also suggested that there is an available spectrum of in-house applications. All these companies are present in Hungary and they have also suggested the same thing,” he said, adding that these frequencies are to be allocated in the second phase, the Hungarian, and 5 g of the registration.

Reporting by Gergely Szakacs; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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