At an event in Milan on Monday, Thomas Miao, chief executive of Huawei Italy, said that the use of Italian gold power, which allows state intervention in the private sector involved in national security, should be extended to all suppliers in the European Union.
A source from the Italian government said on Friday that Italy recently strengthened the measure, partly because of concerns that Huawei and ZTE might be involved in the development of 5G networks.
Miu Xiaoyang said Huawei would add 1,000 jobs in Italy in the next three years.
Miu Xiaoyang of Huawei Italian company calls for the application of 5G "golden power" not only to non-EU companies, but also to all EU suppliers.
"It's very important to be neutral on 5G technology issues," added Miu Xiaoyang, adding that the new specification should apply to "all participants to ensure that we have a safe and reliable infrastructure from the beginning".
He also asked the government to speed up the approval process. "In the worst case, the 5G deal may take 165 days to get approved," Mu Xiaoyang told reporters. He added that such approval took too long.
Telecom Italia and Vodafone Italy are expected to finalize a joint 5G infrastructure agreement in Italy shortly. Both companies are waiting for the implementation of the law to decide how to deal with Chinese partners such as Huawei.
Mu Xiaoyang said Huawei's business dealings with its partners in Italy were "as usual".