FILE PHOTO: A Huawei sign is pictured at a store in Beijing, China January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo
WARSAW (Reuters) – If Poland excludes Chinese tech giant Huawei of 5G development would lead to problems and possibly a delay of the network roll-out, the chief executive of the Polish unit of T-Mobile said on Thursday.
“If you exclude from a market leader, Huawei is a leader in new technology, and to know that almost all of the operators using Huawei equipment, as this brings a number of problems, this is clear. This can end up with a delay,” Andreas Maierhofer, CEO of T-Mobile Polska, told a news conference.
The Polish government is considering with the exception of Huawei equipment of the future 5G network about the concern first raised in the United States that Huawei technology and can be equipped with a back-door to allow access by the Chinese government, sources told Reuters in January. Huawei denied accusations that the technology can be used for espionage.
Reporting by Alan Charlish; writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; editing by Jason Neely