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Friday, 18 January 2019 08:10

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The Federation of German Industries says that evidence is needed to block any telecommunications provider from being involved in the country's 5G networks, even as a newspaper claimed that the German Government was trying to devise a means to block Chinese vendor Huawei from participation.

The BDI said accusations that Huawei was jeopardising security — which have been pushed by the US — needed to be proven before the company was blocked from supplying equipment for the 5G rollout, the organisation confirmed to iTWire.

The statement was part of an answer during a media Q and A conducted by BDI president Dieter Kempf.

Earlier, the newspaper Handelsblatt  claimed the government was debating whether to follow the lead of Australia and New Zealand in blocking Huawei.

The newspaper said that officials were contemplating setting security standards that Huawei would not be able to satisfy.

Changes to German telecommunications law was also being considered as a last resort, the paper claimed.

The head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, Arne Schoenbohm, had made a similar statement to the news weekly Spiegel in December, saying: "For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof."

Schoenbohm, a former chairman of the Cyber Security Council of Germany, had spoken to Spiegel after experts from his agency had inspected Huawei products used in other countries.

They had also spent time at the company's newly open laboratory in Bonn where German companies can inspect the cyber security measures adopted and the software used in the equipment.

Germany is no stranger to spying by foreign entities. In 2015, The Guardian reported that the top American spy agency, the NSA, had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her closest advisers for years.

The US has banned the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks, claiming that the company can be a conduit for spying by Beijing. Huawei has repeatedly denied that it can be forced to indulge in espionage.

Australia and New Zealand have both followed the US lead and banned Huawei from roles in their respective 5G rollouts.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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