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Germany could still Prohibit Huawei from 5G build-out over Safety Issues, says defence Ministry

Last updated on November 7, 2019

Germany could still opt to rule out Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies by the building of the nation’s fifth-generation data system (5G) because of safety issues, the defense ministry has stated.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer advised a cybersecurity summit on Tuesday it had been crucial to minimize any risks.

The German government is presently attempting to form the 5G security standards in a means that could stop foreign governments from gaining entry to Germany’s important infrastructure,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer.

“If that is impossible, then one needs to prohibit Huawei in the process – just like other nations have done,” said the minister, who’s a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The remarks will be the strongest signal yet that Berlin is prepared to have a harder approach on Huawei, and might 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 outside Huawei, the top telecoms equipment vendor using a worldwide market share of 28%, stating its gear comprised’back doors’ that will allow China to spy on other nations.