Provision of 5G Technology in Europe

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Reports and analyses relating to the development of the 5G networks across Europe, the role played by Chinese company Huawei as a leading stakeholder in the sector and the wider implications when it comes to bilateral and transatlantic relations.

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In March 2019, the European Commission published a set of guidelines regarding a common approach in the development of 5G technology across Europe. A number of actions was put forward for completion on national and EU levels, including a risk assessment due in October.

The involvement of Huawei - one of China's main companies and the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment - in developing 5G networks in different countries across Europe later became connected to wider trade conflict between China and the United States. The US administration cautioned European allies against the use of Huawei's 5G technology and equipment over fears that would allow China to spy on sensitive communications and data. However, in its guidelines the European Commission refused to call for a ban on the company and left it to the Member States to decide on national security grounds.

In May 2019, the Chinese company is put on an export blacklist by the government of the United States over security concerns. The measures saw Huawei prohibited from purchasing American goods to be used in their telecommunications equipment and bared US imports of equipment produced by Huawei. Some analysts suggested American warnings could be connected to efforts to protect US tech giants from Chinese competitors.

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Commentary and Analysis
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 27/12/2018: Huawei and Europe’s 5G Conundrum https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/12/27/huawei-and-europe-s-5g-conundrum-pub-78045
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Commentary, 18/03/2019: Should Europe Buy Chinese 5G Technology? https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/03/18/should-europe-buy-chinese-5g-technology-pub-78610
Bruegel: Podcast, March 2019: Backstage: 5G deployment in Europe http://bruegel.org/2019/03/backstage-5g-deployment-in-europe/
EPRS: At a Glance, April 2019: 5G in the EU and Chinese telecoms suppliers http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2019)637912
The Guardian, 24/04/2019: As Europe builds its 5G network, security – not cost – must come first https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/24/5g-cyber-security-europe-huawei-britain
Euro|Topics, May 2019: Why is Washington lashing out at Huawei? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/220119/
BBC News, 30/05/2019: How damaging is the Huawei row for the US and China? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48361473
Bloomberg, 31/05/2019: Huawei Is a Huge Challenge for Europe's Spies https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-31/huawei-versus-trump-is-a-huge-challenge-for-europe-s-spies
Euro|Topics, May 2019: Huawei ban: US grants a reprieve https://www.eurotopics.net/en/220298/
Politico: Special Reports: The State of 5G https://www.politico.eu/special-report/the-state-of-5g-eu-huawei-regulation-telecoms-public-health/
BBC News, 15/07/2019: Does 5G pose health risks? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48616174

News
EurActiv, 16/04/2019: Belgian cybersecurity agency finds no threat from Huawei, as US increase pressure https://www.euractiv.com/section/5g/news/belgian-cybersecurity-agency-finds-no-threat-from-huawei-as-us-increase-pressure/
EurActiv, 26/04/2019: UK minister: Huawei leaks ‘unacceptable’, criminal investigation possible https://www.euractiv.com/section/5g/news/uk-minister-huawei-leaks-unacceptable-criminal-investigation-possible/
Politico, 15/05/2019: Trump signs order setting stage to ban Huawei from US https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-signs-order-setting-stage-to-ban-huawei-from-us/
EurActiv, 16/05/2019: Europe must maintain own course after US blacklisted Huawei, Germany says https://www.euractiv.com/section/cybersecurity/news/europe-must-maintain-own-course-after-us-blacklisted-huawei-germany-says/
Politico, 16/05/2019: Macron: Blocking Huawei ‘not best way to defend national security’ https://www.politico.eu/article/macron-block-huawei-not-best-way-to-defend-national-security/
Deutsche Welle, 16/05/2019: EU leaders: We won't follow Trump's Huawei ban https://p.dw.com/p/3Icme
Politico, 20/05/2019: Trump’s Huawei ban spooks allies, industry https://www.politico.eu/article/huawei-donald-trump-china-plan-to-isolate-irks-allies-spooks-business/
EurActiv, 21/05/2019: Huawei: US founding fathers would be ‘alarmed’ with Trump administration https://www.euractiv.com/section/5g/news/huawei-us-founding-fathers-would-be-alarmed-with-trump-administration/
Deutsche Welle, 24/05/2019: Huawei at center of US-China trade conflict https://p.dw.com/p/3J3R5
Deutsche Welle, 29/05/2019: Huawei: US wants to 'put us out of business' https://p.dw.com/p/3JUEr
BBC News, 29/05/2019: Huawei: US blacklist will harm billions of consumers https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48441814
Deutsche Welle, 31/05/2019: China retaliatory tariffs on US goods come into force https://p.dw.com/p/3JYmY
Deutsche Welle, 02/06/2019: Trade war 'hasn't made America great again,' says China https://p.dw.com/p/3JcY2
Euronews, 03/06/2019: Britain listens to the United States on Huawei, Hunt says https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/03/britain-listens-to-the-united-states-on-huawei-hunt-says
Reuters, 07/06/2019: Europe's 5G to cost $62 billion more if Chinese vendors banned: telcos https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1T80Y3
EUObserver, 07/06/2019: China's Huawei sign deal to build Russia's 5G network https://euobserver.com/tickers/145105
EUObserver, 13/06/2019: China's UK ambassador warns London over Huawei https://euobserver.com/tickers/145139
Politico, 16/06/2019: EU must improve 5G and boost technology, say top companies https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-technology-5g-ai-companies/
EurActiv, 17/06/2019: US ambassador: Europe should forget Huawei, embrace Western tech https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/interview/us-ambassador-europe-should-forget-huawei-embrace-western-tech/
Politico, 25/07/2019: Ericsson boss bemoans lack of European support on 5G https://www.politico.eu/article/borje-ekholm-global-5g-battle-ericsson-ceo-bemoans-lack-of-european-support/

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European Commission: Towards 5G https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/policies/5G

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