Telecom: Chinese and Korean equipment manufacturers kept out

by bold-lichterman

The French government would be tempted to legislate against telecommunications equipment manufacturers such as the Chinese Huawei and ZTE, or the Korean Samsung, according to the daily Les Echoes.

As a priority on the pretext of “cyber defense”, the maneuver would be more of a way of promoting national players like Alcatel-Lucent. Les Echos indicates that the National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi) is currently carrying out audits on the security of French networks.

But the economic daily rather evokes disguised economic protectionism: Anssi indeed already keeps Asian equipment manufacturers away from the heart of the network by not issuing authorizations. The National Agency is thinking this time of extending this control to other components of the network. A decision that would force operators like Bouygues and SFR to review their supply strategies.