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(Reuters) - China's Technologies, the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, faces questions over its access to European markets after the arrest of a in on suspicion of spying.

The detention of Wang Weijing, along with that of a Polish former security official, could lead to ban the use of products by public bodies on national security grounds, a senior said on Sunday.

is already barred from bidding for government contracts in the United States, while and have taken steps to ring-fence planned fifth-generation networks from Chinese vendors.

In Europe, debate rages over whether to join the and those allies in excluding Huawei. on China's National Intelligence Law which requires Chinese "organisations and citizens shall, in accordance with the law, support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work."

Huawei argues, for its part, that its networks are secure. On Saturday, it fired Weng, saying his "alleged actions had no relation to the company".

Here's an overview of the state of play regarding Huawei in and some of its key markets:

EUROPEAN UNION

The should be worried about Huawei and other Chinese companies because of the risk they pose to the bloc's industry and security, the bloc's chief said in December.

Ansip was speaking after the arrest in of Huawei in relation to a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global system to evade U.S. sanctions against

GERMANY

has debated whether to bar Chinese network vendors on national security grounds, yet the government has stated it has no legal grounds to do so. Its cyber-security watchdog has welcomed the establishment by Huawei of a new information security lab that would allow regulators to scrutinise its gear through source-code reviews.

Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest mobile operator, said in December it was conducting a group-wide review of its four main network vendors - one of which is Huawei. Analysts say this was vital to win U.S. security approval for a $26 billion deal for its unit to buy Sprint Corp.

Other German operators are, for now, maintaining their ties with Chinese vendors.

BRITAIN

Huawei has pledged to spend $2 billion as part of efforts to address security concerns in a report earlier this year which found that technical and supply-chain issues had exposed to new security risks.

The pledge came after a top UK walked out of a meeting with the Chinese company over its perceived failure to fix security holes in its products, sources familiar with the talks told in December.

FRANCE

In France, has said it will not turn to Huawei to help build its 5G network, citing the security concerns of the French authorities.

is not a customer of Huawei in its home market, but the Chinese company does supply its and says it expects to be involved in rolling out their

NORWAY

is considering whether to exclude Huawei from building part of its 5G infrastructure, its said on Jan. 9.

Telenor, which has 173 million subscribers across eight countries in and Asia, signed its first major contract with Huawei in 2009, a deal that helped pave way for the Chinese firm's global expansion.

and competitor currently use 4G Huawei equipment in and are testing equipment from the Chinese company in their experimental

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech cyber watchdog warned network operators in December against using software or hardware made by Chinese telecom equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE, saying they posed a security threat.

Some operators have tested 5G in the Czech Republic, while the group PPF, which owns the leading infrastructure provider, CETIN, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei to cooperate on 5G. An auction of frequencies for the 5G transmission is planned for 2019.

(Compiled by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Mark Potter)

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 21:01 IST
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