FILE IMAGE: The Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech reasonable in Berlin, Germany, September 6,2019 REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
BERLIN (Reuters) – Huawei’s [HWT.UL] leading manager in Germany has interested the federal government not to shut it out of structure 5G mobile networks, Der Spiegel stated on Friday, after Britain chose to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from its network on security premises.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has actually put off a choice on tougher accreditation rules till after the summertime break, amid pressure from some lawmakers who sympathise with U.S. calls to prohibit Huawei outright.
” The government’s approach of setting the exact same, tough security criteria for all is the proper way to ensure networks are secure,” Huawei’s agent in Germany, David Wang, told the weekly news magazine.
Germany’s three mobile operators are all clients of Huawei, which has had a presence in the country for 15 years. None have found any proof to support U.S. allegations that its devices is risky, Wang added.
Britain this month purchased Huawei equipment to be eliminated from its 5G network by the end of 2027, while France has actually informed operators to remove Huawei 5G gear by 2028 without revealing a public ban, sources state.
Deutsche Telekom, the German market leader, started developing its 5G network under existing contracts and only signed a contract with the Chinese service provider last month. Its 5G network now covers almost half the population.
Experts and market sources state Deutsche Telekom, which opposes a Huawei restriction, is seeking to pre-empt a such a result by rolling out the majority of its 5G network prior to a political choice is taken.
Spanish-controlled Telefonica Deutschland stated today it had signed backup 5G agreements with other telecoms suppliers to cover the threat that Huawei winds up being barred from the German market.
( This story fixes context in paragraph 6 on 5G agreement in between Deutsche Telekom and Huawei)
Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Edmund Blair and David Evans