Romania is Considering Excluding Huawei From its 5G Network
Romania could exclude Chinese giant Huawei from its future 5G network, according to a joint statement by the presidents of the United States and Romania.
The document, signed by Klaus Werner Iohannis and Donald Trump, says the two sides will seek to avoid the security risks associated with Chinese investment in building a 5G telecommunications network.
The two heads of state signed the document during a visit by Klaus Iohannis to Washington.
The Romanian president recently raised concerns about Huawei's possible involvement in the country's 5G network, adding that the Supreme National Defense Council would discuss the matter.
Romanian and US delegations also signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the conditions that service providers must meet in order to become part of the 5G network. One of the requirements is that the applicant is not under the control of the government of a third country.
Bucharest adopted the worldwide "5G Strategy for Romania" in June, which envisions the creation of 250,000 jobs and investments of 4.7 billion euros.
A tender for the construction of a fifth generation mobile network will be announced in the fourth quarter of this year.
Initially, the Romanian government proposed not to exclude Chinese equipment manufacturers. The US fears that Huawei will allow Beijing to spy on communications from countries that use its products and services.