The EU’s industry chief dismisses fears of strict rules lead to a delay of up to 5 G

PARIS/MUNICH (Reuters) – europe’s industrial policy chief Thierry Breton, dismissed claims that an appeal to the European companies for the construction of a 5G network would have to delay the roll-out, with the weight in an increasingly tense debate in Germany about the risks of the chinese mobile phone Huawei.

FILE PHOTO: the logo of the upcoming mobile standard 5 G has been shown in Hanover, Germany on March 31, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

In a speech given at the DLD conference in Munich on Sunday, the Breton, a former French finance minister, warned that the decision-makers in Germany and elsewhere, that the new 5G technology required by more stringent rules than the previous generations.

“The setting up of strict security conditions, will not result in a delay in the roll-out of 5G in Europe,” Breton said, ” hold fast to the line, which is included in the explanatory notes, are prepared, obtained by Reuters in advance.

Europe, including Germany, of course, to be on the right track. We will not, and will not be out in Europe on the deployment of 5G.”

The warning by Breton, is in sharp contrast to the remarks of the German Minister of Internal affairs, Horst Seehofer, who said earlier this week that Chinese companies have been excluded from the construction of the 5G network would have to be postponed for at least five to ten years.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have been divided on the question of whether to support a proposal by the Social Democrat junior coalition partners, which, if adopted, would effectively exclude, from the Chinese technology giant within the network.

Merkel’s right-left government, as in all of Europe, is under pressure from the United States of america, on the bar, and Huawei, one of which is the acceleration of Washington, says it will contain “back doors” that could enable China to spy on other countries as well.

Breton, who is the head of a large Internal Market portfolio in the new European Commission, which is industry policy, said: Europe should be the maintenance of “technological sovereignty” by providing domestic alternatives in key strategic areas.

A so-called “tool kit” of safety and security standards of the EU member states have to implement their 5G networks would be ready this month, he added: “Everyone is welcome in Europe, but more and more, we have the issue of clear-cut rules and everyone will have to comply with all the rules and regulations.”


In his speech, he did not explicitly call for a ban on the Smartphone, saying, “all companies, European or not, are welcome as long as they abide by the European rules and regulations. We will not have to build is a European fortress.”

However, the invitation to the favor of the European vendors (such as Nokia, NOKIA.HE) and Ericsson (ERICb.ST). and set more stringent rules, the opponents of the Chinese company.

With the new impetus provided by the EU’s executive, the echoes calls made by the President of france, Emmanuel Macron, and others, in order to prevent Europe from relying on the US and China on strategic infrastructure that can be used as a geo-political influence in the future.

Germany’s Seehofer, who is originally from Bavaria, of which the automotive industry is dependent on exports to China, has said that he is against a ban on Chinese telecommunications equipment suppliers like Huawei from helping to build Germany’s 5G network.

“I don’t see how we can set up a 5G network in Germany on a short-term, and without the participation of Huawei,” Seehofer told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The German operators are all customers of Huawei, a leading telecom equipment supplier, with a market share of 28%, and they have said that it is a ban, it would add years of delay and billions of dollars in costs for the launch of 5G networks.

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However, these warnings were dismissed by Breton: “Let me say it loud and clear: contrary to what some of us might like to imagine, Europe is not lagging behind in 5G. Nor is it in 5G technology, or the implementation process.”

Huawei denied the accusations against him by Trump administration.

China’s ambassador to Germany, didn’t We, in the last month that Beijing would retaliate if the Smartphone was out of the question, pointing to the millions and millions of cars from the German automakers selling in the country.

Additional reporting by Michael Nienaber in Berlin, and Douglas Busvine in Munich; editing by Nick Macfie

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