Concerns about the United StatesHUAWEIBahrain's telecommunications minister, Kamal Ahmed, told Reuters on Tuesday (26) that "at this stage we are not worried about this problem as long as the technology meets our standards". He said that the launch of 5G network is an important milestone in Bahrain.
Bahrain hopes to stimulate economic growth by investing in science and technology. The recent drop in oil prices has hit Bahrain's economy hard. Kamal Ahmed said that Bahrain is proud to have 5G network, and he expects that Bahrain will become one of the first countries to use 5G network in the whole country.
VIVA Bahrain, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's state-controlled telecommunications company, signed an agreement last month to use Huawei equipment in its 5G network, and several Persian Gulf countries are also cooperating with Huawei.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that a senior State Department official told Reuters that the United States often urges allies or partner countries to consider potential security risks that suppliers may pose to them.
Kamal Ahmed said that the Bahraini government has not imposed any restrictions on foreign companies to provide 5G networks to Bahrain, and mobile operators can choose which company they want to work with.
The United States, China, Japan and South Korea are just starting to launch their own 5G networks. Other regions, such as Europe, will not be able to do so for many years. The first batch of 5G telephones in Europe may not be available until the second half of this year. The report also pointed out that the EU expected to ignore the U.S. call for a ban on Huawei equipment.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Lawrence Cu, president and CEO of Global Telecom, said, "They provide equipment, but we control the network, so we know what our network is running." "We are very confident that we are well protected," he added.
According to media reports, with Thailand and Singapore in Southeast Asia, Huawei's technology is also being used to test 5G networks. On February 8, Huawei also set up its first 5G test-bed in the Southeast Asian market in Thailand, which will participate in the construction of 5G in Thailand. Similarly, Thailand does not consider Hua5G to be a security problem at all.