Romania’s biggest opposition party will begin a public inquiry into Huawei’s presence in the county’s communication networks, according to a report published by Reuters. It is also seeking to shun Huawei equipment from participating in the building of 5G networks in Romania.
Huawei is under the watchful eyes of countries after the U.S. intelligence authorities alleged that the company’s equipment was used as snooping devices for gathering information to help the Chinese government. Several countries including New Zealand, Australia and the UK are trying to shun the tech giant’s equipment such as banning govt companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech firm.
The U.S. is also concerned about Huawei’s expansion in Central Europe among its allies including Poland and Romania.
“We need to protect our strategic interests and there’s a lot of suspicion lingering around,” said Pavel Popescu, the National Liberal Party’s (PNL) representative on parliament’s IT committee. “It’s crucially urgent to block any public deals, contracts, tenders with the Chinese company.”
Popescu also indicated that the parliament had sent a letter asking for risk review of Huawei’s equipment in the state’s communication infrastructure.
Romanian government plans to roll out first 5G licenses in the last quarter of 2019 and is planning to invest about 3 billion Euros for its development.
“The supreme reasoning behind our stance is the partnership with America and our key role in NATO’s architecture. All tools are on the table, including involving the president and his security council’s assessment on Huawei,” said Popescu.
Huawei has repeatedly denied all spying allegations saying: “When it comes to cybersecurity and privacy protection we are committed to side with our customers. We will never harm any nation or any individual.”
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