Germany Requires Telecoms To Exclude Huawei Network Equipment

A few years ago, many countries in Europe and the United States had constant disputes over whether to exclude Huawei’s equipment from their network infrastructure.

Germany rejected the request of the United States at the time, saying that there was no evidence that Huawei’s equipment would cause security problems. However, its attitude has changed 180 degrees recently.

German Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser said in an interview recently that telecom operators should eliminate network equipment that is considered a potential security threat, namely products from Huawei and ZTE, as soon as possible.

She pointed out that the associated risks have long been known, and telecom operators have had sufficient time to replace equipment, emphasizing that no matter what the cost, action must be taken to remove these equipment.

Four years ago, the German government still defended Huawei, saying that its network equipment had no evidence of security threats, so it would not require telecom operators to remove related equipment. However, at the end of 2021, Germany will be governed by a new coalition government, and the policy seems to have changed.

In addition, the European Union as a whole has made more efforts to ban all Chinese-made telecommunications equipment from being used in network infrastructure. Similar policies are believed to be stricter.

However, about 60{9fa2ae831048424756faedea87f44870cd2ea6d09bcfab62eb5dabc6b233e172} of Germany’s 5G network equipment is Huawei products. Even Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company, is expected to cost as much as US$434 million to replace Huawei equipment. If Huawei equipment is really to be excluded nationwide, it will take a huge cost to complete.


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