Huawei 5G: Merkel reiterates that German 5G construction does not exclude specific suppliers

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, has been at loggerheads with the US on multiple issues. The US has always told its allies to desist from Huawei’s 5G. It believes that Huawei 5G is not safe and has backdoors. However, some countries including Germany are not very keen to ban Huawei. Some weeks ago, the German government said that its 5G construction will not exclude specific suppliers. This means that Huawei is free to participate.

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Subsequently, the US Deputy Secretary of State for Network and Communications Policy, Rob Strayer, said that if Germany allows Huawei to participate in its 5G network construction, the US will reassess its intelligence sharing with Germany. A few days later, German intelligence agency (BND) expressed concerns over Huawei 5G. It even accuses Huawei of having direct contact with the Chinese government. In addition, BND claim that the company may have a state ownership status. This again threatened Huawei’s hopes of participating in Germany’s 5G construction.

Nevertheless, the latest report from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, reiterates that Germany’s 5G construction will not exclude specific suppliers. According to her, “the security requirements and verifiability of companies involved in 5G network construction are highly valued, but standards are not set separately for a particular vendor”.

Huawei has been part of Germany network construction – Merkel

Merkel also said that Huawei, as an equipment supplier, has participated in the construction of 2G and 3G networks in Germany. In October this year, at the urging of the Prime Minister’s Office, Berlin lifted the ban on Chinese 5G technology. Until then, representatives of the German federal government have debated this matter for several months.

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German media on Huawei 5G

According to German media Handelsblatt, the Merkel government has decided that Chinese network provider Huawei can provide 5G network equipment for Germany, because “blocking Huawei into the German 5G network” does not appear in the Federal Network Administration’s latest customized security standards. What do you think about Germany’s decision?


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  1. Free
    November 9, 2019

    Who cares what Germany do? They have never stood side by side with the US on security and that is one of the reasons why the US military is pulling out of Germany (besides the fact that Germany refuses to pay its 2% GDP). Let see will China brings its military in to help defend Germams with its depleting military. Good riddance to abandoning Germany. It is long overdue.

    • Sean Yee
      November 10, 2019

      German don’t need USA military help. Besides, USA technologies are craps and junks to Germans. Germany has it’s higher standard and never wants to have unreliable products or system from USA. So keep it for yourself and for your five eyes.

    • Free
      November 10, 2019

      Your leader is so weak that she does not know who’s running Germany. Lol.
      The most recent embarrassment for the Bundeswehr is the grounding of all 53 of its Tiger helicopters due to technical fault is just the latest in a long series of humiliations to have sprung from Ursula von der Leyen’s spell as defence minister.

      Good luck building your military back up, after the US withdrawal from Germany, with fools that leads it QA. Lmao!

    • BL Tan
      November 11, 2019

      With Huawei 5 G , the CIA will no longer be able to spy on Germany. Everyone knows CIA even has installed spy camera in Mikall’s bedroom.

  2. KK Fung
    November 10, 2019

    Karma for spying on ms. Merkel underwear

  3. Richard Peyton
    November 10, 2019

    USA should mind there own business and learn, they do lack a lot of skills and think they are ahead of technology.
    Other countries I believe have more insight then USA.

  4. Arild Vollan
    November 13, 2019

    Boycotting Huawei will simply lead to employees and expertise leaving one Chinese company for another.
    Even if Europe and Australia opts for Ericsson or Nokia, it will still use Chinese 5G products. All 5G technology companies have one thing in common, much of their equipment is produced in Chinese factories.
    Nokia and Ericsson have 12,000 employees in China for the production of the companies’ 5G networks. In addition, they have cooperation agreements with many Chinese factories for delivering components to the companies’ 5G networks.
    American inspectors have probably not called in at Nokia Shanghai Bell or they would have realised that Nokia is, in a real sense, a Chinese company. Most 5G components are produced in China anyway, so it is puzzling that the US insists Europe and Australia cannot use Huawei technology.
    Ericsson has six R&D centers in China, with totally 5000 R&D engineers. 90% of Ericsson product involved five Chinese R&D center. Nanjing Ericsson Panda has developed into the world’s largest supply center for Ericsson. 40% of Ericsson’s global shipments come from here, and the localization rate of products is close to 100%.
    For Nokia 7,000 employees in China focusing on customers, service, R&D, manufacturing and supply chain. Nokia has six R&D innovation hubs and three manufacturing facilities. If Europe boycotts Huawei, Nokia has the plans ready: Adding 2500 new Chinese employees.
    Way should Europe just to support the US’ new-found policy of protectionism?