On Sunday, the 19th of January 2020, offsetting worries of a delay in launch of fifth-generation network in to the ‘bloc’ amid a bellicose chaos between the United States and China’s Huawei, the European Industrial Policy Chief, Thierry Breton said that relying on the European telecom gear manufacturers to develop the bloc’s fifth-generation network would not delay its rollout in to the EU countries, suggesting a further escalation of a tense debate in Germany on whether China’s Huawei could really pose a threat to the intelligence given the extent of supervisions its 5G telecom equipment would have to go through.
Aside from that, the former French Finance Minister, Breton, said in a speech at the DLD conference in Munich on Sunday (January 19th) that lawmakers in Germany alongside other eurozone countries should consider more strident security legislations for the fifth-generation network rollout than previous generation, adding “Setting up strict security conditions will not create delays in the roll out of 5G in Europe.
Europe, including Germany of course, is on track. We are not, and won’t be, late in Europe on the deployment of 5G”. More importantly, Sunday’s (January 19th) cautioning of Breton had utterly contradicted comments of German Interior Minister Seehofer who was quoted saying earlier this week that if China’s Huawei was excluded from 5G network development, Europe’s construction of its own fifth-generation network might have to wait at least five to ten years.