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Germany clears Huawei for 5G



Germany's telecommunications regulator has sent a clear signal that will not ban Huawei from its 5G mobile network upgrades.

Jochen Homann, the president of the Bundesnetzagentur, or the federal network, told Financial Times ] "The position of the Bundesnetzagentur is that no equipment supplier, including Huawei, should, or perhaps, be particularly excluded."

Last month, the US ambassador to Berlin warned the German government that Washington would consider scaling back intelligence operation, Huawei should be given a role in the 5G rollout.

The United States has pushed for Allies to release Huawei, claiming it is colliding with the Chinese government on hidden surveillance.

But Homann said his agency had not yet seen evidence to back up such concerns:

"The Bundesnetzagentur has not received concrete indications against Huawei. Nor are we aware of any other body in Germany who has received any reliable indications, "he told FT .

The words of the German regulator will accelerate Huawei NZ, which recently told Herald hoping to continue participating in 5G upgrades here, where it has extensive 4G business with Spark and 2degrees.

On November 28, GCSB blocked a Spark 5G network upgrade proposal that included Huawei equipment. GCSB Minister Andrew Little says Huawei is not banned per se . Spark and Huawei are welcome to submit a revised proposal addressing (never made public) concerns of the spy agency.

Huawei also received help from a recent UK report that criticized the Huawei technology, but found no evidence of a "back door" that could be exploited by the Chinese government.

Huawei NZ's Deputy CEO told Herald April 2 that the UK's "bulky coding" discovery made for "unpleasant" reading. But even though it was embarrassing, there was a technical issue that could be solved by software engineering tweaks, not a spying problem.


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