Huawei seeks to discuss 5G security with govt
"Signing the Slovenia-US joint declaration on introducing 5G in Slovenia will not contribute to greater cyber security," said Radoslaw Kedzia, Huawei Technologies vice-president of central Europe and Nordic states, on Tuesday.
The Chinese tech giant believes that labelling certain 5G providers as highly risky without any proof is another in line of baffling decisions by the US.
Kedzia highlighted that the US had provided zero evidence so far for its allegations against Huawei, quoting experts to point out that cybercrime would continue to exist regardless of the equipment used by the provider.
"There is no tangible proof that excluding one provider would ensure safer networks. But that would result in reduced competitiveness in the market and higher prices, paid in the end by consumers," said Kedzia.
The company has said that it supports the EU measures regarding 5G security, however politicizing such issues related to cyber security cannot and would not reduce relevant risks. That is why certain EU countries have rejected signing similar declarations with the US upon being asked to do so, said Huawei.
"Huawei respects all the laws and regulations in countries and regions where it operates. It would never hurt the interests of any country and same applies to Slovenia. As of today, Huawei has not been involved in major cyber security incidents in more than 170 countries in which it is present, including Slovenia," said Kedzia.
Huawei and China's telecommunications technology in general have been a target of criticism by US President Donald Trump, who alleges that Huawei equipment could be used to spy for Beijing. The tech giant has vehemently denied all the allegations.
The joint declaration between Slovenia and US could curb the involvement of Huawei in the deployment of the fifth generation wireless communication networks in Slovenia even though the draft does not name the company.
The Trump administration has been trying to limit Huawei's participation in 5G introduction by urging countries to shun the tech giant.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana and Poland in mid-August, reported the Czech news web portal Lidovky.cz last week.
None of the countries have so far confirmed the report. The visits would be an opportunity to discuss new digital infrastructure, including setting up 5G network and the potential signings of joint declarations on 5G security.