According to the information, Germany’s government is looking to forbid telecoms operators from using certain components from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE in their 5G networks, the German paper Zeit Online wrote on Monday.
It was due to Huawei and ZTE close links to China’s security services mean that embedding it in the ubiquitous mobile networks of the future could give Chinese spies and even saboteurs access to swathes of essential infrastructure – says the report.
Huawei, ZTE and the Chinese government reject these claims, saying that they are motivated by a protectionist desire to support non-Chinese rivals. They did not immediately reply to a request for comment on a possible ban.
Meanwhile, Germany has actually become even more dependent on Huawei for its 5G radio access network equipment (RAN) than in its 4G network, even though operators have avoided using the firm’s technology for the core networks.