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The mobile operators trade body, GSM Association, has proposed that its members hold a discussion about possible exclusion of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies from many developed markets, with operators fearing this may set them back by years.

Reuters cited a spokesman for the organisation as saying that its director-general, Mats Granryd, had written to members that the Huawei issue should be part of the agenda for the next board meeting which will be held later this month during the annual World Mobile Congress in Barcelona.

According to its website, the GSMA represents mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.

The US unveiled criminal and fraud charges against Huawei on Monday, just a couple of days before Washington and Beijing resume talks on a trade dispute. Washington has already banned the company from any role in 5G in the country, and is pushing other countries to do the same.

In the indictments, the company was accused of violating US sanctions on Iran and also of theft of trade secrets from an American business partner.

Huawei has been banned from any role in the rollout of 5G networks in Australia and New Zealand. The European Union has said it will look at the issues that have been alleged by the US.

The Chinese giant has steadfastly denied that it is undertaking espionage on behalf of Beijing, with even its normally reclusive founder, Ren Zhengfei, speaking to international media to deny any such collusion.

The Reuters report cited Deutsche Telekom, the largest telco in Europe, as having said that, removing Huawei gear from its networks, could mean a two- or three-year delay in building any new services.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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