ROME (Reuters) – The u.s. ambassador in Italy, Lewis Eisenberg, met Telecom Italia (TIM)’s CEO Luigi Gubitosi, on Wednesday, the US embassy said.
Luigi Gubitosi speaks during a press conference on the Alitalia headquarters in Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airport, Italy May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
The U. S embassy and Telecom Italia declined to comment on whether the visit was related to the US demands that the European allies do not make use of technology supplied by the chinese Huawei International.
Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces international control over its ties with the Chinese government, and the presumption Beijing could use its technology for espionage — something the company has denied.
Eisenberg saw TIM’s chief “as part of the ongoing outreach with Italian and U. S private-sector leaders,” the U.S. embassy said on Twitter, adding that the meeting had been “pleasant”.
Eisenberg no response to Reuters at the end of his visit to the TIM’s headquarters in Rome, which lasted for about 30 minutes.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the European allies on Monday against the deployment of equipment from Huawei on their land, saying it would make it more difficult for Washington to partner with them.”
However, there are signs that some European governments are reluctant to heed Washington’s call.
The head of the uk’s National Cyber Security Centre said on Wednesday Britain has been able to manage the security risks associated with the use of Huawei equipment in the national telecom networks and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company.
The German minister of economy said earlier this week the government is still talking about the question of whether Huawei will be allowed to take part in the construction of the country’s high-speed internet infrastructure.
Italy ministry of industry, meanwhile, has denied the press was ready for a ban Huawei and ZTE Corp. of playing a role in the construction of the fifth-generation mobile network under US pressure.
TIM has said that it will continue to work with Huawei until otherwise specified by the government.
TIM and Fastweb are part of a consortium with Huawei testing 5G infrastructure in the southern cities of Bari and Matera.
Huawei has worked with Vodafone in the development of a high-speed network in Milan.
Reporting by Steve Scherer; Writing by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Crispian Balmer and David Evans