Balkan Insight: Romanian Conditions for 5G Race Would Rule Out Huawei
Wed August, 2020, Age: 2 years
According to draft legislation released for public debate last week, Romania’s government will rule out “companies controlled by a foreign government, that don’t have a transparent ownership structure, have a history of unethical corporate behaviour or are not subjected to an independent justice system in their home country, are not eligible.” This comes as no surprise, as the Romanian president and his allies have been vocally resistant towards the idea of giving Huawei a contract to develop the country’s 5G networks. Last August, President Iohannis signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. agreeing to “avoid the security risks that accompany Chinese investment in 5G telecommunications networks.” This made Romania one of the first countries in the world to officially align itself with the U.S.’ opposition to Huawei. In the past year, British legislators have also moved to restrict Huawei’s access to the UK, and countries such as Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and Poland have mulled bans on procuring Huawei technology as they build out their 5G networks.