A new document lays out the rationale for banning some 5G equipment that is deemed “high-risk”.
The document was released by the Cyber Security Council which is a consultative body for the government. The document does not have any immediate effects, as it would first need to be approved by the cabinet which oversees the Cyber Security Council, however, it lays the groundwork for a potential ban of certain 5G vendors.
Under a law approved last August, the government can already restrict or exclude certain telecom companies. The country’s three main operators Altice, NOS and Vodafone have already said they will not use Huawei equipment in their 5G core networks.
Huawei has previously denied that its equipment poses a national security risk.
In the EU, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have all already banned Huawei from their 5G network, citing security risks. Germany meanwhile is currently reviewing the use of Chinese components in its 5G network.