Huawei has reiterated its belief that telecoms security is an industry-wide issue that can be solved if it is viewed as a technological challenge, not a political one.

The beleaguered Chinese firm has been effectively blacklisted from the US on national security grounds and Washington is urging its allies to follow suit – despite not providing any evidence to support its claims.

Europe is a significant market for Huawei and mobile operators oppose any measure that would restrict their access to the company’s radio kit, fearing this would increase costs and reduce innovation.

“In essence, security is a technical issue so if we can look at it from the technological perspective, then it is something we can solve,” added Yang.

“If you look at security as a political issue and judge vendors by country of origin then it’s difficult to solve.”

So far, no European nation has followed suit.

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