Es­to­nia to re­strict use of Huawei 5G tech­nol­ogy

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Business -

HELSINKI (AP) — Es­to­nia, which is among Europe’s most wired and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced na­tions, is set to re­strict the use of equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy from Chi­nese tele­com gi­ant Huawei in its gov­ern­ment sec­tor, cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns and rec­om­men­da­tions by the U.S., a key NATO ally.

The Es­to­nian news site Delfi re­ported Fri­day that For­eign Trade and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Kert Kingo be­gan an ex­pert group in June with the aim of set­ting poli­cies and stan­dards this year for the use of tech­nol­ogy in Es­to­nian gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

Its leader, Raul Rikk, said the group had al­ready taken a clear po­si­tion that Huawei should not be al­lowed to pro­vide tech­nol­ogy for 5G net­works in Es­to­nia.

Rikk said the is­sue isn’t the qual­ity of Huawei’s soft­ware and hard­ware “but whether these de­vices can be used for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses in the fu­ture.”

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A woman walks by a Huawei re­tail store in Bei­jing in this July 30 file photo.

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