On July 9, local time, Huawei Italy issued a statement in response to recent news about the construction of Italy’s 5G network. “We firmly believe that the security and development of Digital Italy should be based on facts, not baseless allegations,” Huawei said in an English-language statement. “
“We will contribute directly or indirectly to the digital development of Italy through our partners’ supply chains, both directly and indirectly, in technology, employment and resources, and in this difficult time.” Safety, transparency and respect for rules are key factors in ensuring that operators, business partners and consumers trust us. “
Telecom Italia, one of Italy’s leading telecoms operators, has ruled Huawei out of tenders for 5G core equipment in Italy and Brazil, Reuters reported on July 9. In addition, the Italian News Agency quoted sources as saying in the report that the decision had nothing to do with political factors and was only an industry choice made among multiple partners.
In December, Stefano Patuanelli, Italy’s economic development minister, told local media that Huawei should not be excluded from the construction of Italy’s 5G network. “Huawei offers the best-priced solution (in the 5G sector)” and “We have implemented a bill to safeguard national security in sensitive areas.” With proper safeguards, there is no doubt about the likelihood of Huawei entering this market.”