The German government is thinking about forbidding Huawei from giving 5G hardware in the nation saying security concerns are of “high relevance.”
The German Federal Foreign Office affirmed to CNBC an internal meeting about Huawei was held on Thursday.
“The security of the future 5G network is of high relevance to the Federal Government. The Federal Government will be guided by this in connection with the establishment of a future 5G network,” The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy told CNBC through email. It included no choices have been made now.
German newspaper Handelsblatt first provided details regarding Thursday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration is effectively considering approaches to reject Huawei from the nation’s 5G systems. The choice would check a move from Germany, which has been less vocal than its Western partners, including the U.S. what’s more, the U.K., about Huawei security concerns.
Huawei is confronting mounting fears that its 5G innovation will empower Chinese secret activities through the super-quick mobile networks. Both Australia and New Zealand have restricted the media communications monster from providing 5G equipment in their nations refering to security concerns.
Huawei said in an announcement Thursday evening, “we also welcome the approach of verification and standardization of technological solutions publicly communicated by the German Federal Government.”
“We see no rational reason to exclude Huawei from building the 5G infrastructure in any country in the world,” the statement said.
Likewise on Thursday, the University of Oxford said it would never again acknowledge new donations and sponsorships to fund research from Huawei.
“The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei. We hope these matters can be resolved shortly,” Oxford said in a statement.