PHOTO PHOTO: Huawei logo displayed at IFA consumer technology exhibition in Berlin, Germany, September 6, 2019. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke
BERLIN (Reuters) – Huawei [HWT.UL] Top managers in Germany have appealed to the government not to stop building the 5G cellular network, Der Spiegel said on Friday, after Britain decided to clean Chinese company equipment from its network for security reasons.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has postponed the decision on tougher certification rules until after the summer holidays, amid pressure from some lawmakers sympathizing with the US call to immediately ban Huawei.
“The government’s approach in establishing the same and strong security criteria for all is the right way to ensure a secure network,” Huawei’s representative in Germany, David Wang, told the weekly news magazine.
Three German cellular operators are all Huawei customers, who have been present in the country for 15 years. No one found evidence to support US allegations that the equipment was not safe, Wang added.
Britain this month ordered Huawei equipment to be removed from the 5G network by the end of 2027, while France had told operators to revoke Huawei’s 5G equipment by 2028 without announcing a public ban, sources said.
Deutsche Telekom, leader of the German market, began building 5G networks under existing agreements and only signed contracts with Chinese providers last month. The 5G network now covers almost half the population.
Analysts and industry sources say Deutsche Telekom, which opposes Huawei’s ban, is trying to prevent such results by launching most of the 5G network before political decisions are taken.
Spanish-controlled Telefonica Deutschland said this week it had signed a 5G reserve contract with another telecommunications vendor to cover the risk that Huawei was finally banned from the German market.
(This story corrects the context in paragraph 6 of the 5G contract between Deutsche Telekom and Huawei)
Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Edmund Blair and David Evans