Brazilian Government Looks for Legal Options to Ban Huawei from 5G Networks

The Brazilian government is looking for a legal option to formally exclude Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from 5G networks in Brazil.

The Brazilian government is looking for a legal option to formally exclude Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from 5G networks in Brazil.

Two officials from the Brazilian government who refused to be identified said that a presidential decree is currently being studied by national security adviser Augusto Heleno and the ministry of telecommunications, who are looking at security provisions that telecommunications and their suppliers must comply with.

Industry representatives told the newspaper that such a presidential decree could lead to a legal battle with telecommunications companies that already use Huawei equipment and oppose a ban on the Chinese giant because it would force them to make costly technology swaps.

Following his ally President Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro opposed Huawei on the unproven grounds that it shares confidential information with the Chinese government. However, with China being the largest trade partner of Brazil, President Bolsonaro has faced resistance from industry and within his own government, including from Vice President Hamilton Mourao.


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