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German minister casts doubt on Huawei participation in 5G build-out

Last updated on November 7, 2019

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has cast doubt on whether Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies can take part in the development and building of the nation’s fifth-generation data system (5G).

Maas told reporters in Berlin on Monday the Huawei was a firm determined by the Chinese country because of the national security legislation, which intended Huawei was not able to pass information to the authorities there.

Germany, therefore, wishes to bring an evaluation of trustworthiness into the 5G security catalog that so much had largely envisaged an evaluation of technical standards, Maas said.

In this evaluation of trustworthiness, German governments will analyze whether a business is forced by legislation in its home nation to pass information and data that really ought to be shielded, Maas said, adding: “That is true with Huawei.”

The remarks from the foreign ministry would be the strongest signal yet Berlin is prepared to have a harder approach on Huawei and can exclude the Chinese equipment seller at least from several areas of the 5G network.

Government officials confirmed last month that Germany’s so-called safety catalog foresaw an assessment of technical and other standards, but stated no single vendor will be prosecuted to make a level playing field for equipment sellers.

The USA has piled pressure on its allies to close Huawei, the top telecoms equipment vendor using a worldwide market share of 28 percent, stating its equipment comprised’back doors’ that will allow China to spy on other nations.

German operators are customers of Huawei and also have cautioned that banning the Chinese seller would include years of flaws and countless dollars in costs to launch 5G networks.

The Shenzhen-based firm has denied the allegations from Washington, which enforced export controls Huawei in May, hobbling its small business and increasing concerns over whether the Chinese business may keep its market lead.

U.S. officials also have contended that, under China’s federal intelligence law, most companies and citizens have to collaborate in espionage attempts.