KEY POINTS
  • Thierry Breton, EU commissioner for internal market, called on more member states to remove "high-risk" suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks, citing national security risks.
  • To date, only 10 EU countries have restricted or banned Huawei from their 5G networks, Breton said.
  • China later said it firmly opposes some EU countries' ban on Huawei, and that the EU commission has no legal basis to prohibit the firm, according to Reuters.
Huawei is back in the spotlight in Europe after a report suggested Germany may ban some equipment from the Chinese telecommunications giant in its 5G network.

A top European Union official has called on more EU countries to ban Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks, ramping up tensions with Beijing.

Thierry Breton, EU commissioner for internal market, said he wants more member states to remove "high-risk" suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE from their mobile internet infrastructure upgrades, citing national security risks.