Poll: Is the EU right to ignore America's call for a Huawei ban?

The US has heavily lobbied Brussels to give the Chinese tech giant the cold shoulder on security grounds.

By Conor McMahon Deputy editor, Fora

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S legislative arm is this week expected to ignore US calls to ban Beijing behemoth Huawei from building critical communications infrastructure for member states.

Instead, the European Commission is due to provide guidelines that members of the trade bloc provide more data to spot and close vulnerabilities related to 5G networks.

America has been heavily lobbying Europe to give Huawei the cold shoulder, which it says could use the communications equipment to spy on nations on behalf of the Chinese government – something both the company and Beijing have strongly rejected.

Telco giants oppose a Huawei ban, which they say would set back 5G deployment by years – a technology that promises to revolutionise the next phase of online connectivity.

The view from Brussels is that the Chinese technology is good and cheap and that individual states should be free to make their own judgement call on national security grounds.

With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Is the EU right to ignore America’s call for a Huawei ban?