According to statement of the German interior ministry to the media, the Chinese tech giant Huawei would not be excluded from the setting up of the 5G network in the country and the country might even tweak changes in its regulations t hat would allow even those companies that are considered to be potentially untrustworthy offer their equipment.
The Federal Interior Ministry of German, also known as the BMI, said that the telecoms networks are being sought to be adapted so that they can prepare for “new potential threats.” This was delivered in an emailed statement to the media by Bjorn Grunewalder, a spokesperson of the BMI.
“A direct exclusion of a particular 5G manufacturer is currently not legally possible and not planned,” he said, according to a translation of the statement made by CNBC. “For the BMI, the focus is on adapting the necessary security requirements so that the security of these networks is guaranteed, even from a producer that may not be trustworthy.”
Any necessary alterations from security point of view would be made in the Telecommunications Act of Germany, Grunewalder added. He said that the relevant federal ministers are discussing concrete adjustments. He however added that nothing had been finalised as yet.
The decision of Germany not to exclude Huawei from the construction of 5G network in the country is against the narrative about the company as is being propounded by its ally the United States. All of the allies of the US are being pressurised to ban Huawei from supplying equipments in development of telecom networks in those countries. The US itself has already banned the Chinese firm from entering into any form of business activities in the country and according to reports. US President Donald Trump is reportedly expecting that all of the Chinese companies in telecom equipment business would be banned from doing business in with the US networks and existing Chinese parts be removed from existing networks.
Australia, New Zealand and Japan have followed the footsteps of the US and banned the participation of Huawei in the development of 5G technology in the countries because of concerns ove4r their national security.
But that trend is possibly set to change now. According to a report published in the Financial Times, the United Kingdom’s intelligence services has concluded that it can manage the potential risks that could be posed by the use of Huawei equipment.
On the other hand, the possibility of Huawei being included in the process of construction of the 5G network in New Zealand, in case the Chinese firm could mitigate the security concerns of the government, was mentioned by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the broadcaster TVNZ on Monday in an interview.
Huawei has however repeatedly refuted the charges against it placed by Western countries about its relationship with the Chinese government and concerns over its equipment being used for spying by Chinese agencies.
It was not possible to use its 5G network for espionage, said Dennis Zuo, head of Huawei’s operations in Germany, in an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper on Tuesday.
“The state does not have a stake in Huawei and it keeps out of our business,” he said.
(Adapted from CNBC.com)