Germany won’t outright exclude Huawei Technologies Co. or other vendors from supplying components for next-generation 5G internet, according to a draft of new security requirements for German telecommunication networks, even as both the U.S. and the European Union have warned against risks posed by the Chinese telecom giant.
A spokesperson for Germany’s Interior Ministry confirmed that the decision had been made on Tuesday.
Huawei welcomed Germany’s “fact and standards-based approach”.
“Huawei will continue to work openly with regulators, customers, and industry organizations 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.” The official statement said:
The move is a blow to the U.S., which has been pressuring its allies to exclude Huawei from 5G infrastructure, claiming its presence in the networks would enable Chinese espionage. Countries including Australia and New Zealand have already banned the company from their domestic networks.
The US has banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment to its telecoms companies, saying it contained back doors that would enable Chinese surveillance. And the UK has promised a decision this autumn on whether the equipment-maker should be excluded from its 5G rollout.