A junior government minister revealed the country will offer the same level of support to Huawei that it will provide to other telecom giants rushing to roll out 5G services in Italy.
Italy goes against U.S. lobby
The United States has been lobbying Italy and other European allies to prevent Huawei Equipment from registering its 5G presence in their countries.
The U.S. has also asked them to closely monitor the activities of ZTE, claiming the manufacturer may have other motives apart from a business perspective.
It also highlighted that Huawei could pose a security risk to the respective countries. However, Huawei has vehemently denied the accusations, pointing out that the company is out strictly for businesses with no political sentiments.
The Trump-led government is seriously threatening governments that allow the inclusion of Huawei’s technologies in its 5G plans.
US government says it would withhold intelligence from the government that does not adhere to their request to ban Huawei. However, it’s still not clear whether the U.S. government intends to go through with such a threat.
Earlier this week, the pressure of the U.S. government likely paid off in the U.K, as the government is considering restricting Huawei to certain market caps when the 5G network kicks-off in the country.
This lobbying of the United States is a result of an outstretched feud between the Chinese government and the U.S government over their prolonged trade war.
Home to the Vatican protecting its national interest first
Mirella Luzzi, Italy’s Industry Undersecretary said Italy has to take actions that will protect its national interest before any other thing.
She said giving the Chinese telecoms firms the go-ahead to operate in Italy is in the best interest of the country.
According to Mirella, the government of Italy should first deal with the issue of national safety as the telecommunications sector is strategically important to the further growth of the Italian economy.
However, she warned that the country should carry everyone along in its plans to make sure the new technology is successfully integrated into it.
Several players in the 5G network have already been given license to operate in the country, including Huawei technology.
Mirella said the activities of the world’s biggest 5G network provider (Huawei) will help speed up the growth and expansion of the network in the country.
She also added that the Italian government should not be “naïve” when tackling the issue of national safety.
Vetting rights to monitor 5G deals
Last year, the Italian government passed a bill that gave the government special vetting and protective rights over the supply of 5G components between non-European providers and domestic firms.
It means now the government has the right to monitor deals between foreign investors and the domestic telecommunications companies in the country.
According to Italy, it will help the government protect the domestic companies, given the high importance of the sector in the economy.
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