Minister: Germany needs China's Huawei to build 5G network

UK's BT, Vodafone may seek PM Johnson's support for Huawei

"I don't see that we can set up a 5G network in Germany at short notice without Huawei's participation", the minister told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, noting that Germany needs to develop capabilities for it first.

Vodafone, which uses Huawei's telecom equipment in its radio network, has previously said a blanket ban on the Chinese company would costs it millions of pounds and significantly slow down the roll-out of 5G networks.

The interior minister added that no German company is now in a position to build the network and that there are only two firms in Europe that could possibly do so. At the same time, Seehofer noted that Germany does not want to block the Chinese telecommunications giant from the market in general, as the USA and several other allies do because of its alleged ties with the Chinese government, while he went on to lambast "global and general trade restrictions".

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Germany's top security official, was quoted Saturday as saying he is "against taking a product off the market just because there is a possibility that something might happen".

He noted that security is a priority, promising that if it is necessary, Germany could deploy additional safety nets. Companies like Huawei must also assure the German government that none of its components pose a security risk to the country.


"Then you have to intervene". The junior partners in her coalition government, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), are pushing a proposal that would effectively shut out the Chinese firm - a measure that has gained traction with some of Merkel's conservatives.

FILE - In this October 31, 2019, filer photo, a man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing.

Analysts explain Nokia and Ericsson, which contain gained 5G contracts in Denmark and in varied locations, contain the competence to procure the 5G network, but it completely would steal longer and charge extra - now not least on legend of Huawei is already an limitless share of the gift networks in Germany. Huawei is the largest networking equipment company in the world and is supplying its gear for many of these projects.

Japan and Australia heeded the warnings from the states while Germany did not. A final decision is expected later this month. The Guardian reports that Sir Mark Lyall Grant, former Prime Minister Theresa May's national security adviser, believes that current Prime Minister Boris Johnson is leaning toward allowing Huawei equipment to be used in Britain's 5G networks.

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