Germany tightens 5G network security, may informally exclude Huawei

Many of the objections to Huawei have been about the state of its security posture. The issue of links to the Chinese government is more about geopolitics than the threat model. The German approach seems most sensible for all vendors, we used to do similar in my days at BT…:

[…] Government sources told media that an agreement had been reached to extend scrutiny of the governance and technology of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendors, in addition to scrutiny of core network vendors. According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the coalition government agreed on the approach after two years of discussions.

Under this plan, vendors will be scrutinised through assessments by the German cyber-security regulator and intelligence services. They will need to be approved by key government departments in order to provide any 5G equipment. This approach has not yet been finalised.

European governments have been weighing up how to handle the role of “high-risk vendors” in their 5G rollouts. Despite Huawei’s decades-long relationships with Europe’s largest telecoms operators, the Trump-led White House from the US is exerting strong diplomatic pressure on its allies to exclude the Shenzhen-based tech giant from its operations. Current US President Donald Trump blacklisted Huawei and accused it of potentially acting as a surveillance tool for the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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