The Chinese company Huawei will start building a plant in France next year to produce equipment for mobile networks. This is reported by Reuters with reference to informed sources.

Huawei’s intention to build its first European plant in France became known several years ago. In 2020, the Chinese manufacturer outlined plans for the enterprise with an initial investment of 200 million euros.

The construction of the plant was postponed due to COVID-19, but the company does not abandon its intentions. The project is expected to be implemented near Strasbourg. However, it is not yet known when the plant will be commissioned.

All this is happening while the European Union is considering a mandatory ban on the use of 5G networks by companies that may pose a security threat. This includes Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

It is also worth mentioning that in 2020, France informed telecom operators that they would not be able to renew Huawei’s 5G equipment licenses after they expired. This effectively pushed the Chinese company out of mobile networks.

However, the French newspaper La Tribune recently reported that France has extended the permits for Bouygues Telecom and SFR to use Huawei equipment until 2031.