Huawei will probably not be part of building new 5G telecommunication infrastructure in Norway, as the Nordic country has been thinking over to exclude the Chinese giant, like done other western nations recently, said Norwegian justice minister on Wednesday.
Currently, ways to reduce the embedded risks in its telecoms industry, before going to make upgrades for 5G, are under discussion in Norway at government level.
Huawei, in 2009, surfaced its global expansions by signing its first major deal with Telenor, a state-controlled operator of Norway having footprints across eight countries in Europe and Asia with 173 million subscribers.
In Norway, equipment of Huawei is in use of Telenor and its rival Telia in their 4G networks and for their 5G network, which is currently going through a testing phase, they are also using equipment from the Chinese company.
Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara told Reuters on the sidelines of a business conference that Norwegian government, like the United States and Britain, is also concerned about issues from Huawei. The matter demands a top priority and we have to solve the problems before heading towards the next round of the telecom network, he added.
To the question about possibility of taking action against Huawei specifically, minister replied that Norway is also considering taking same steps against Huawei like United States and Britain had taken.
Huawei, which repeatedly denied any Chinese influence over it and described its equipment as secured, has not only expressed to be remained transparent and open but also, in order to prove its ability to provide Norway with secured 5G products, has offered extensive verification and testing of its equipment, told Tore Orderloekken, Cyber Security Officer at Huawei Norway to the Reuters.
In August, Huawei was barred to be used by U.S. government through a bill signed by President Donald Trump, who is also considering an executive order to bar the usage of Huawei equipment by the U.S. companies also.