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.