In rebuke to US, Germany considers letting Huawei in - Business News

BERLIN: The German government is leaning toward letting Huawei Technologies Co. participate in building the nation’s high-speed internet infrastructure, several German officials said, the latest sign of ambivalence among U.S. allies over Washington’s push to ostracize the Chinese tech giant as a national security risk.A small group of ministries reached a preliminary agreement two weeks ago that still needs formal approval by the full cabinet and parliament, officials said. The final action isn’t expected for several weeks.The Trump administration has been urging its allies for months to restrict Huawei’s participation in their next-generation mobile infrastructure—and even pull the company’s equipment from existing networks. But unwillingness in those countries to delay the rollout of so-called 5G services, the potential additional costs of picking new vendors and a lack of evidence showing that Huawei can use its equipment to eavesdrop on or disrupt communications have stymied U.S. efforts.In the U.K., Washington’s closest ally in Europe, a review currently under way is expected to conclude that Huawei products should still be allowed for less vulnerable parts of the country’s network, according to British officials. And across Eastern Europe, where the U.S. has traditionally held considerable sway, governments have been hesitant to drastically restrict Huawei’s access, partly out of concern about antagonizing China, a big investor in the region.Independent of the Huawei concerns, the German government has been drafting changes to the country’s telecommunications laws in part to improve security protections. While Berlin considered shaping the rules in a way that would make it hard for Huawei to bid for infrastructure contracts, officials said the stricter security requirements for equipment vendors, including a no-spy pledge, shouldn’t be deliberately set so high as to rule out the Chinese company.

Source:The Star

February 19, 2019 18:56 UTC


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