“Following the European recommendation, […] preparatory work is under way that will allow each Member State to analyse the risk the same way.

In Portugal, the National Communications Regulator (Anacom) is working with the National Cyber-security Centre among other entities on this matter, the infrastructure minister said in a statement.

After being questioned by Lusa News Agency, the government said that “the risks they are talking about are not new, nor are they only connected with 5G”, at a time there are spying suspicion controversies mainly regarding the Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

The government said “the matter of the security of networks is central to ensure the development and security of the country and the defence of citizens’ interests”, which is why it defended “clear responsibility by the companies and providers of hardware and software in this area”.

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has been accused of industrial espionage by the United States, but it has denied all the charges.
The U.S. administration has therefore been pressuring countries like Portugal to reject Huawei’s 5G technology, but the Portuguese government has played down the controversy.