Against the advice of the United States, Germany has decided that it will allow hardware from Huawei to be used in 5G networks within the country. The decision was made following allegations made by the U.S. that Huawei hardware contains back doors that allow the Chinese to snoop on communications.
Germany has become one of the first major countries to side in favour of Huawei. Last month, Poland signed an agreement with the U.S. making it tougher for Huawei to be included in 5G networks. Meanwhile, the UK government is still deliberating over its position, networks in the UK are in favour of including Huawei hardware while GCHQ has spoken out against the Chinese firm.
In a statement, Huawei welcomed Germany’s decision and spoke out against the U.S.’ campaign against it, saying:
“Politicising cyber-security will only hinder technology development and social progress while doing nothing to address the security challenges all countries face. Huawei will continue to work openly with regulators, customers, and industry organisations to ensure that mobile networks are secure. Over the past 30 years, we have served more than three billion people around the world, and we have maintained a strong track record in security throughout.”
With the decision to keep Huawei, Germans will be able to access 5G sooner; telecoms in the country said that excluding Huawei would also have cost billions of dollars, so those costs will no longer need to be passed on to customers.
Source: BBC News