Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has ruled out an outright ban targeting Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co.as the country moves toward building its ultrafast fifth-generation networks, according to a government official.
It comes after concerns were raised a year ago in the annual report...
Many intelligence agencies suspect Huawei's equipment could be used as an espionage conduit for Chinese spies-though there's no clear evidence that this has happened, and Huawei denies the possibility.
It states that Chinese organisations are obliged to "support, cooperate with, and collaborate in, national intelligence work".
Abraham Liu reiterated that Huawei has not and would never harm the interests of customers or countries.
The new legislation was a last-minute addition by the government to a wide-ranging corporate law and would have required telecom operators to seek formal approval for the use of certain kinds of equipment considered to be particularly sensitive for spying or sabotage risks.
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In a letter to lawmakers last week, Ryan Ding, president of the company's carrier business group, said it would take up to five years to see results.
A British government oversight panel that monitors Huawei's activities in the United Kingdom warned a year ago that it can provide only "limited assurance" that its telecoms equipment poses no threat to national security. For us, it is a matter of security or nothing; there is no third option.
Governments in Europe, Japan, and Australia are also considering or have ordered bans on Huawei equipment.
That's according to Huawei Poland's head Tonny Bao, who told attendees at a press conference this week that, "We are ready to establish a cybersecurity centre in Poland if authorities accept this as a trusted solution".
BT said in December that it would not buy Huawei equipment for the core of its next generation 5G network, which launches this year in 16 United Kingdom cities.
The company's CFO is in Canada, in custody, awaiting extradition to the United States on charges of fraud.
In December, Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the US.