Germany Reportedly Exploring Ban On Huawei Products

With the US launching a federal investigation into Huawei over alleged theft of intellectual property from US carrier T-Mobile, and US lawmakers once again weighing a ban on sales of US-made microchips to ZTE and Huawei over suspicions that both companies violated US sanctions on Iran, the US’s campaign to shut Huawei out of Western markets took yet another step forward on Thursday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Germany is considering a ban of Huawei products in the country’s 5G networks.

The effort, reported by WSJ and German newspaper Handelsblatt, is focusing on indirectly banning Huawei from telecom networks’ “core networks” – the essential functionality of a mobile network. And while the effort is focused on 5G, it could also apply to 3G and 4G networks.

The German official said raising security requirements would be the only legal way to de facto exclude Huawei from all crucial tenders in Germany as the country has no other legislation that would justify an outright ban.



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