German secret service advises against Huawei cooperation for 5G

epa07297339 The logo of China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd at a Huawei store in Taipei, Taiwan, 18 January 2019. Taiwan, after barring Huawei from bidding for Taiwan government contracts, is now banning the use of Huawei products in some government agencies like the Industrial Technology Research Institute and Institute for Information Industry. According to reports, several European and Asian countries have banned, or are considering banning, the use of Huawei products and have banned Huawei from providing 5G infrastructure because they suspect Huawei helps China's security services spy on foreign governments. EPA-EFE/DAVID CHANG

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The BND, the German intelligence service, expressed fear that Huawei Technologies is not a trustworthy partner to build Germany’s fifth-generation mobile networks (5G).
The remarks were made by a representative of the BND to a committee of lawmakers.

A German Foreign Ministry Official, at the same meeting, said it would be hard to work with a company that cooperates with its national secret service.

It’s above all a matter of trustworthiness and of the impact on our relationship with our allies,” the Foreign Ministry official told the committee, adding that Germany is in contact with partner nations on the issue.

Bloomberg News reports that German intelligence officials have been pushing the government to stop Huawei from playing a part in the building of 5G infrastructure in the country.

There are serious concerns in Germany that Huawei could help China steal German corporate secrets.

Germany plans to start an auction of 5G airwaves on March 19, though legal challenges to its design by multiple carriers risk delaying the process.

 

Via Bloomberg News

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