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Norway considering whether to exclude Huawei from building 5G network

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OSLO (Reuters) - is considering whether to join other western nations in excluding China's from building part of the Nordic country's new 5G telecommunications infrastructure, its said on Wednesday.

The is currently discussing measures to reduce potential vulnerabilities in its telecoms industry ahead of the upgrade.

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

"We share the same concerns as the and Britain and that is espionage on private and state actors in Norway," told on the sidelines of a business conference.

"This question is high priority ... we want to have this in place before we build the next round of the "

Asked whether there could be actions taken against Huawei specifically, Wara said: "Yes, we are considering the steps taken in other countries, that is part of it - the steps taken in the and Britain."

Huawei said its equipment was secure.

"Our customers in have strong security requirements of us and they manage the risk in their operations in a good way," said Tore Orderloekken, at Huawei Norway.

"We will continue to be open and transparent and offer extended testing and verification of our equipment to prove that we can deliver in the in Norway," he told

In on Thursday, said the government encouraged Chinese enterprises to obey the laws of the countries where they operate and similarly requested other nations to provide a level playing field for Chinese firms.

"If that equilibrium is broken then it's not a good thing for either economy," he told a daily briefing.

In August, U.S. signed a bill that barred the from using Huawei equipment and is mulling an order that would also bar U.S. companies from doing so.

It is also calling on its allies not to use Huawei equipment when building In Britain, telecoms operator BT is removing Huawei equipment from the core of its existing and 4G mobile operations and will not use the Chinese company for central parts of the next network.

said it was taking security seriously. "Norway has had full control over critical infrastructure for many, many years and we in take it very seriously," Telenor told

(Additional reporting by in BEIJING; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 14:02 IST