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German authorities do not plan to completely ban Huawei and ZTE network equipment in the country.
Germany will not follow the example of the United States, which has imposed a complete ban on the use of products from Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers, including Huawei. Instead, the country will continue to make decisions regarding the use of this or that equipment for each specific case, said a spokesman for the German Ministry of Economics.
The announcement follows the US's total ban on sales of Huawei and ZTE telecommunications equipment, as well as Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera devices in the country, as their use poses an "unacceptable risk" to national security.
A country strategy document developed by the German Ministry of Economics contains detailed recommendations for strengthening control over the use of components from certain countries. It refers to a law passed in Germany, which defines the framework for cooperation with telecommunications equipment manufacturers involved in the creation of critical infrastructure such as high-speed 5G networks, such as Huawei.
Under this law, individual IT components or entire manufacturing companies can be banned and declared unreliable if vendors make false claims, fail to maintain security audits, or fail to report and fix vulnerabilities as soon as possible. The document of the Ministry of Economy also provides for a ban on the supply of components and products manufactured by suppliers in authoritarian states for telecommunications and information technology, as well as other critical infrastructure, such as transport or water and food supply.
A Huawei spokesman, in response to a Reuters reporter's request to know whether the company expects tighter regulation or a ban on equipment shipments to Germany or the European Union, said the manufacturer is relying on constructive, fact-based dialogue.
“The secure use of networks does not depend on the country of origin of the provider and can only be ensured through global standards through international cooperation between industry and regulators,” Huawei said.