France will not follow the Us in excluding Huawei from its next-generation 5G network, but it will have the power to vet all device manufacturers to identify all potential security threats, a French minister said on Monday,media reported. France’s telecoms regulator Arcep launched a 5G spectrum sale on Thursday, ending months of heated debate between the country’s telecoms operators and authorities over how best to deploy the new ultra-fast mobile Internet technology.
Agnes Pannier-Runacher, France’s economy minister, told BFM Business TV on Monday that it would not target a single device manufacturer, “which has three active equipment manufacturers in France.” Huawei has a 25% market share, along with Nokia and Ericsson. Samsung is not currently doing business in France, but is interested in 5G. “
” (The French) government will not exclude anyone. We will not stand blind from the United States position. We will investigate on a case-by-case basis,” Pannier-Runacher added.
It is reported that in France, telecom operators 5G network projects must be approved by the Prime Minister and in accordance with national security considerations approved.