German government will allow Huawei to supply 5G equipment

  • The German government has announced that it will not exclude Chinese tech firm Huawei from supplying equipment for its 5G networks.

    Chinese telecoms giant Huawei manufactures equipment for use in the next-generation 5G networks currently being deployed in major cities around the world, but has had some difficulty getting approval to sell its tech in several countries.

    The United States blacklisted the firm and banned US companies from supplying it with technology in response to fears that the company could be compelled to provide back-door access to the equipment by the Chinese government.

    The UK has failed to provide clarity to telecoms firms on whether Huawei will be allowed to supply equipment for the 5G infrastructure currently being rolled out acorss the country. It initially announced that Huawei would be given the green light to produce "non-core infrastructure" for the network such as antennas, and later said that a decision had not been reached yet.

    Now the German government has announced that it will not bar Huawei from competing as a vendor in its 5G equipment market, saying it wants to create a level playing field. The decision came after major German telecoms providers warned of massive delays and costs running into the billions if Huawei were not allowed to compete.

    Source: BBC News

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