The European Union plans to ban the activities of the Chinese company Huawei in the development of the fifth generation mobile phone network (5G) in the member countries of this union.

Iran PressEurope: Huawei which is hit hard by sanctions might face another potential blow amid reports the EU is mulling a mandatory ban on member states using kit from companies deemed to be a possible security threat in their telecoms networks.

There have been growing concerns among western nations in recent years over the perceived security threat posed by equipment sourced from countries such as China being used in 5G infrastructure. Much of this seems to have originated in the US during the Trump administration, but where Washington leads, many partners follow.

There are concerns at a high level within the EU that some national governments are not taking enough action with regard to the matter, quoting unnamed officials said to have knowledge of the discussions.

The EU and Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The trading bloc has previously placed restrictions on the use of Huawei in 5G technology.

Three years ago, it said member-states could either restrict or exclude high-risk 5G vendors from core parts of their telecoms networks.

At the time the EU resisted pressure from Washington for a complete ban on Chinese telecom firms.