Italy’s Deputy Minister of Industry: Will Not Prevent Chinese Companies From Participating in 5G Construction

BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) — Italy has no intention of preventing Chinese telecom companies, including Huawei, from participating in Italy’s future 5G network construction, Deputy Industry Minister Mirella Liuzzi told Reuters on Thursday. Although the US has lobbied Italy and other European allies not to use China’s 5G devices, Mr Liuzzi said: “Italy must first protect its national interests.”

Italy's Deputy Minister of Industry: Will Not Prevent Chinese Companies From Participating in 5G Construction

She added that the Italian government would address national security issues and “take the necessary precautions, but will not shut anyone away.”

Last month Stefano Pauanelli, Italy’s industry minister, also said Chinese technology company Huawei should be allowed to participate in Italy’s future 5G network.