Europe wants to move away from using Chinese suppliers for 5G networks, but getting there will take time.
On Wednesday, the European Union released a set of “tools” that aim to limit the bloc’s dependence on Chinese telecom giant Huawei while boosting its domestic 5G industry.
The new measures are a far cry from a hard ban on Huawei — something that U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have repeatedly urged EU countries to put in place over the past year.
But the measures are still a big step for Brussels and national capitals toward safeguarding networks from any perceived risks linked to Chinese companies as the bloc seeks to reshape relations with Beijing.
“With 5G we’re entering into a new world,” said Thierry Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner and cybersecurity chief. “Member states decided, for the first time in our history, that it would be appropriate to have a coordinated approach on protecting our infrastructure.”