BRUSSELS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The European Commission will on Wednesday announce guidelines allowing EU countries to restrict or exclude high-risk 5G vendors from core parts of their networks, a move likely to hurt China’s Huawei Technologies but which may not appease the United States.
The non-binding recommendations, agreed by the bloc’s 28 countries, seek to tackle cybersecurity risks at national and EU level, with concerns mainly focused on Huawei, although the guidelines do not identify any particular country or company.
The United States wants the bloc to ban Huawei on fears that its gear could be used by China for spying, allegations rejected by the company.
The EU, however, is hoping a collective approach based on a checklist of risks and targeted measures will take some of the U.S. pressure off.
EU digital chief Margrethe Vestager and EU industry chief Thierry Breton will present the guidelines at a press conference later on Wednesday.
Britain on Tuesday opted to allow Huawei to supply equipment for non-sensitive parts of its 5G network rather than bow to U.S. pressure and ban the company completely.
The guidelines call on EU countries to assess the risk profile of suppliers and allow them to exclude high risk companies from core infrastructure, according to an EU document seen by Reuters..
EU countries are also advised to set up a legal or regulatory framework to control the use of outsourced suppliers and their access to critical parts of the network. Telecoms operators will have to provide details on the sourcing of 5G equipment. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)