Germany Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had earlier in February hinted that its country would not exclude Huawei from taking part in the country’s 5G infrastructure build, as doing so has the potential to hurt Europe’s largest economy, even as he advocated a dialogue with China and a technical solution to concerns about security.
Now, in flagrant disobedience to US warning, the country has once again reiterated its stance on the matter, stating that it would specifically ban any telecom equipment providers from taking part in the build-up of the next-generation 5G infrastructure.
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The president of the Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s telecommunications regulator in an interview with Financial Times stated that on no account will any equipment suppliers, including Huawei, “should, or may, be specifically excluded”, since it has yet to find any evidence to substantiate the US claims that the Chinese telecom company poses a great security threat. He further stated that Huawei will be awarded contracts if it meets the general security requirements imposed by the regulator.
The firm at its annual global analyst summit held yesterday at its headquarters in Shenzhen in southern China revealed that it has already clinched a total of 40 commercial contracts to build and operate fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications infrastructure as at the end of March, up from a previously disclosed tally of more than 30. That is expected to increase soon if it doesn’t face any further hurdles in countries like Germany.