5G-Ausbau: Bundesregierung plant offensichtlich Verbot von Technologie chinesischer Konzerne

7 mar 2023 8:27 am

According to a report in the Handelsblatt, the federal government intends to significantly restrict the use of Chinese technology in the construction of the 5G mobile network. The German mobile phone companies should bear the high costs themselves.

The federal government plans to significantly restrict the use of Chinese technology in German mobile networks. This reports that Handelsblatt citing government circles. According to the newspaper, such a decision should have serious consequences both for the relationship with Beijing and for the plans of the German network operators to expand the 5G mobile communications standard.

Accordingly, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica must also be prepared to subsequently remove already installed components from the Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE from systems that are part of the critical infrastructure. The companies would have to bear the costs themselves, said a top official. Previously had the dpa citing government circles, the matter has not yet been decided and the examination is still ongoing.

In German ministries, the participation of Chinese technology companies in the 5G mobile networks has been discussed for years, also due to the influence of Washington. Now the federal government seem loud Handelsblatt Findings are available, according to which “security-relevant” components from Huawei and ZTE are installed on a large scale in the German networks. It’s about technology “that could enable a state to exercise political power,” according to an official.

By the summer, the Ministry of the Interior will “enter into a very strict examination” and approach the telecommunications providers. The subsequent procedure will “be critical”. Huawei emphasized when asked by Handelsblatt, it is not subject to “any legal obligations that could bring it into conflict with German laws and regulations”. ZTE has not yet commented.

The Chinese manufacturer Huawei is a close partner of the German mobile network operators. According to estimates, almost 60 percent of the components installed in the German network come from the company, including antennas that receive mobile phone data and base stations that process them.

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Since the new IT Security Act came into force two years ago, mobile phone providers such as Vodafone or Telekom have had to obtain approval for the use of particularly “sensitive” network components. Apparently, before the law came into force, the network operators had installed components that are now considered to be safety-relevant. The Federal Government’s examination, which has now been announced, relates to this.

At the moment, however, it is still unclear whether a possible Huawei ban on already installed components could be implemented without a legal dispute, because the network operators could sue the government for damages. However, some operators assume that the federal government will give the companies enough time for an exchange anyway so that it can be managed within the usual cycles.

The step planned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior is considered politically highly explosive, as it takes place in the middle of the People’s Congress, one of the most important political events in China this year. Washington and German secret services have long been warning Berlin against Huawei’s participation in the mobile network. However, the espionage allegations were never proven. Huawei always rejects all accusations.

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