Paris, May 22: French telecommunication regulator ARCEP has said on Tuesday the country was planning to launch its commercial next-generation 5G network as slated in 2020, while underlining the row between China’s giant tech Huawei and the United States will have a “limited impact”.
The move comes against the motion of the US imposing restrictions over Huawei and despite all issues faced by the firm following Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou’s arrest last December in Canada and actions taken by Washington against the firm.
According to ANI news reports, the ARCEP chief Sebastian Soriano has suggested Huawei is enabling to switching to any other suppliers if the firm is facing the problem.
He also indicated that the nation has not yet completely ruled out any use of equipment made by Huawei.
The development has come on the face of the US which is making efforts to completely cut off the products of Huawei from the international market, accusing Huawei of stealing data and calling it a national security threat.
The US has announced on Monday temporary ease of sanctions to US firms using products of Chinese tech giant Huawei, that has been deemed as a threat to nation’s security by Washington. The US commerce department has made the current announcement in order to assist American firms to do businesses with China’s Huawei.
US President Donald Trump has last Wednesday inked an executive order which barred American companies from using any telecommunication equipment from Huawei which the Trump administration had deemed as a national security threat.
The US department has issued a temporary general license which is effective for 90 days that allows Huawei to buy the US goods in order to maintain existing networks and hence, continue to provide wireless connectivity and services. Huawei is still banned from buying American products to make its own new product.