Germany will not ban Huawei from 5G networks

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Germany has completed making industry rules for the construction of its upcoming 5G networks and will  not exclude Huawei from its list of vendors.

Under the new German rules, which will become law by the end of this year or early in 2020, operators have to guarantee that no information is shared with foreign authorities.

Huawei has already worked on 5G trials with Deutsche Telekom and has previously supplied existing equipment to all of Germany’s telecoms operators.

A German government spokesman said:

“Essentially our approach is as follows: We are not taking a pre-emptive decision to ban any actor, or any company.”

German officials added that it would publish a detailed ‘security catalogue’ that would set technical criteria for 5G networks.

In an official statement, Huawei said it welcomes Germany’s “fact and standards based approach”.

“Politicising cyber-security will only hinder technology development and social progress while doing nothing to address the security challenges all countries face,”

“Huawei will continue to work openly with regulators, customers, and industry organisations to ensure that mobile networks are secure.

“Over the past 30 years, we have served more than three billion people around the world, and we have maintained a strong track record in security throughout.”

All German telecoms operators use Huawei equipment and have stated that banning it would delay the rollout of 5G in the country and cost billions of dollars.

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