Huawei to obtain limited licenses in France: watchdog

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The Chinese Huawei is not completely banned from the French next generation 5G wireless market, but the French operators who use it will only get limited licenses, the head of the national cybersecurity agency told Les Echoes.

These comments were the latest development in the controversy over Huawei’s involvement, after several western countries banned the company from participating in their 5G networks for security reasons.

“Operators who do not use Huawei, we encourage them not to follow this path because it is a bit the natural way of things,” said Guillaume Poupard, the head of the French national cybersecurity agency ANSSI.

“For those who already use it, we issue permits that last between three and eight years,” he told Les Echos.

These restrictions will likely limit Huawei’s access to the French 5G network.

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