Chinese tech giant Huawei’s many woes are well documented by this stage. Things have not been going well for the company in recent months, and this latest development only adds insult to injury. Citing security concerns, the EU powerhouse is looking into ways to exclude Huawei from the development of the country’s networks, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt.
The move comes as the US government puts an increasing amount of pressure on Germany, alongside other countries, to ban Huawei from 5G networks. Despite the German government’s initial stance that it would not deliberately exclude anybody from 5G, however this position has since been reevaluated.
More and more countries are opting to exclude Huawei from the construction of their 5G networks amid security concerns. Answering questions from an MEP, Secretary of State Günter Krings said that the security of products offered by various telecommunications companies was “of high relevance” for the federal government.
There are suspicions that Huawei passes sensitive data through backdoors to the Chinese government. While there is no hard evidence that this is true, the fact that the US and many other countries has the company listed as a security threat. That being said, Huawei has vehemently denied any allegations of malpractice. Founder Ren Zhengfei said that his company had “never received a request from a government to provide illegal information”.
If Germany goes ahead with this exclusion it would be a significant blow for the telecoms firm, as it could set a trend for other EU countries to follow suit.
Huawei is not taking all this lying down, however. In Canada, China’s ambassador to the country warned of “repercussions” should Huawei be banned from building 5G infrastructure there too. The tension of the situation is heightened by the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in the country.
Despite all these troubles, the company is powering ahead with developing 5G networks. In Beijing, Huawei recently completed a test for 5G NR at 2.6GHz spectrum, paving the way for 5G network deployment.
With Ireland’s own 5G network likely to be coming relatively soon, it will be interesting to see if there are any exclusions made by the government in the wake of this news.