Reports from the Handelsblatt newspaper stated that the German government has been actively considering stricter security measurement and other ways to exclude China’s Huawei Technologies from a buildout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks.
Handelsblatt, which cited government sources, said that government officials have been discussing to set security standards which Huawei won’t be able to achieve, and this will effectively block their participation. Some changes to the German telecommunications law are being considered as last resorts.
The deliberations will mark a shift from the German government’s position in October when it told lawmakers that it saw no legal basis for them exclude any vendors from an upcoming 5G auction but changed their minds after the warnings from Washington.
The government, in a recent response to the lawmakers, stated that the security of 5G networks has been “extremely relevant”, and this will behave as a guide to the upcoming decisions.
US officials have briefed allies regarding Huawei ultimately being at the beck and calling the Chinese state, as well as warning that its network equipment might have “backdoors” which might open them to cyber spying and espionage.
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom announced in December that it would review their vendor strategy and France’s Orange also said that they wouldn’t the Chinese firm to build their next-generation network in France.
The shift by the national market leaders has followed Huawei’s exclusion on national security grounds by some US allies, that has been led by Australia, from building their fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks.
Huawei said that the security concerns are unfounded. The tensions have heightened due to the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer in Canada due to possibly extraditing to the United States.
Handelsblatt quoted that Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said- “My company had never received a request from a government to transmit information in violation of any regulations. I love my country, I support the Communist Party, but I would never do anything that would harm another country in the world.”