Estonia moves one step closer to Huawei ban

26 Nov 2021

Legislation barring equipment from Chinese supplier Huawei has been passed by Estonia’s parliament, the Rigiikogu. The amendment to the Electronic Communications Act now passes to the President for approval and should pave the way for 5G spectrum auctions to finally take place after several years of delay. The bill also harmonises consumer rights regulations between more traditional phone services and messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber, ERR News reports. The amendments are designed to bring Estonian law into step with EU requirements.

A number of European states have implemented bans on equipment from Chinese vendors such as Huawei due to national security concerns, though the supplier has denied any wrongdoing and played down its links with the Chinese government.