Vodafone boss: U.S. needs to share a Huawei proof with Europe

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Huawei is pictured on the front of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Dusseldorf, Germany, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang rattay/File Photo

BARCELONA (reuters) – The United States needs to share a proof that it has about the Huawei with the European authorities, so they could have a common position on whether or not to make use of the Chinese group’s technology in their networks, the head of Vodafone said on Monday.

Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment, including intensive monitoring, after the United States, said the allies not to make use of the technology, because fear can be a vehicle for Chinese spying operations.

Together with the Swedish Ericsson and the Finnish Nokia, the company is one of the world’s biggest mobile network gear suppliers.

Nick Read, ceo of Vodafone, the world’s second-biggest mobile operator, told reporters in Barcelona on Monday, cutting the number of the network of suppliers to two of the three would be harmful for the industry and the economic growth.

“We need to have a facts-based risk-assessed review” Read said.

“People say things in the moment that are not grounded, I’m not saying that that is the case for the US, because I have not met them directly myself so I have not seen what evidence they have, but they are clear to present that evidence to the proper authorities in the whole of Europe.”

He added that everyone had a meeting at the national level, in Europe was to make it clear that they would go through a fact-based assessment.

Vodafone said last month it would suspend the implementation of the Huawei equipment in its core networks in Europe, until it had clarity from the government on all risks.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Kirsten Donovan

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