Network operators such as Deutsche Telekom have been able to adapt to the fact that Huawei components may have to be removed again for security reasons. There was enough time for that, said Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser in an interview. If that were to become necessary, “I won’t let the cost argument fool me either,” she told the Handelsblatt. The risks have been known for a long time and there have been several warnings about one-sided dependencies. However, the tests are not yet complete.
Germany is examining Huawei technology
In the conversation, the minister describes the danger posed by Chinese espionage to German business and science as “considerable” and that our know-how must be protected. Attempts to research innovations must be consistently prevented. The economy and research should therefore be made more aware of the dangers and must ensure high safety precautions. Internationally, the security authorities would have to network more closely. A possible influence on components such as Huawei in the networks will be further examined. In the case of serious security risks, bans will also be issued.
Huawei has been under pressure in North America and Europe since US President Donald Trump was in office, and the sanctions he imposed on the Chinese company have not been withdrawn by his successor. As a result, Huawei cannot use 5G chipsets in its smartphones, for example, and Google’s system services are also missing. Huawei is under pressure in the business with technology for the 5G infrastructure because the USA and the EU Commission are urging telecommunications companies to do without Huawei devices. Several countries have already banned installation, and components have been tested in Germany for months. An expansion could cost Deutsche Telekom billions alone.
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