The mobile phone and network operator Huawei is repeatedly criticized for posing a security risk in the expansion of the 5G network, therefore there is a consideration to exclude Huawei from the expansion of the infrastructure. However, the Austrian government has spoken out in favour of technology neutrality for 5G. In order to create clarity in the security criteria for companies involved in the expansion of the 5G network, the competent regulatory authority (RTR) recently issued the Telecommunications Network Security Ordinance. This regulation implements the toolbox presented by the EU in January. It regulates safety provisions such as the reporting obligations in the event of network failures.

The UK, on the other hand, has decided to finally exclude Huawei from the expansion of the 5G mobile communications network. The reason given for this decision was precisely to ensure the security of the network. The British government has been building on Huawei technology for more than 20 years, back in January Huawei should be authorized to build 35% of the respective infrastructure.

In the same breath, a British research institute has calculated the cost of preventing a major player (including Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei) from entering the market. These costs amount to a delay of the expansion until 2023, which would mean an estimated total GDP loss of 40 billion euros by 2035. If Austria were to comply with the restrictions, a loss of an estimated EUR 1.1 billion would be expected. Furthermore, an undistorted market would support more than 25,000 jobs.