ROME (Reuters) – Italy has bowed to pressure from the Chinese telecom-equipment makers Huawei Technologies and ZTE, and put emergency legislation strengthening the state’s powers to intervene in the development of 5G services, legislators said on Wednesday.
A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei digital signage is displayed on a store in Viña del Mar, Chile, July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
In Rome, it is the adoption of a decision, in addition to the responsibilities of the private sector in the past few weeks, in part due to concerns about the possible involvement of the two Chinese companies to the next generation of telecoms networks, a government source said.
A decision shall enter into force immediately and shall be approved by the parliament within 60 days or it expires.
Office of secretary of state Vincenzo Santangelo, on Wednesday told the Senate Finance committee that the government would not be pushing for the approval of the decree on the strengthening of the so-called “golden power”.
The ruling coalition, made up of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League, you will be in place and a draft bill in the parliament, and that it may take months to become law, Santangelo told Reuters later in the day.
Laura Bottici, a new 5-Star lawmakers, said that the government wanted to have more time to work with Huawei and ZTE, both of which have made their dissatisfaction is expressed about the government’s new powers only apply to non-EU companies.
“This is the bill that will allow us to do that,” Bottici, told Reuters.
Luigi De Vecchis, president of Huawei Italy, said that the changes are being discriminated against in relation to the company.
“Huawei, the risks of non-discrimination between competitors,” De Vecchis said at a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday.
He said the discrimination would not arise, because the government would have to be logged in multiple times from a contract in which there is a non-union company, something that would take the time to look and to be able to encourage the telecom operators for the use of any other service provider.
SAMSUNG said that the Italian government’s new powers and the further delay in the roll-out of 5G mobile services in the country.
“The recent decision of the power, creates more uncertainty for the players in this industry,” CHINESE in Italy, Chief Executive Oh, You told Reuters in an e-mail response to questions.
The uncertainty is not good for the investment business, and it would be a further delay in 5G deployment.”
The United States has been lobbying in Italy and in other European allies to ensure that, with the help of the Huawei equipment, and that ye be diligent to take a look at ZTE, which says the providers can be a security risk. The two companies have strongly denied any such risk.
Writing by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Kirsten Donovan