Huawei has strongly criticized the European Commission’s recent recommendation to exclude its advanced wireless equipment from the European Union (EU) market, labeling it as “discriminatory judgments.” The Shenzhen-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer issued a statement in response to the EU’s issuance of guidelines that encourage member countries to phase out high-risk vendors, including Huawei and ZTE, from their telecom networks.
In their statement released on Saturday, Huawei expressed its disagreement with the decision, asserting, “This is clearly not based on a verified, transparent, objective, and technical assessment of 5G networks. Restrictions or exclusions based on discriminatory judgments will pose serious economic and social risks.”
The European Commission’s move follows actions taken by the United States to restrict Huawei’s access to a broad range of American technologies, spanning from chip manufacturing equipment to smartphone software. Washington has also been exerting pressure on the EU to adopt a more stringent stance toward Beijing, given increasing tensions over issues like Taiwan and the competition for dominance in critical fields such as artificial intelligence, semiconductor production, and quantum computing.
If Huawei were to be excluded from EU operations, it could have a substantial impact on reducing Chinese influence within the region. Several EU member states, including Germany, continue to utilize Huawei products in their telecommunications networks.