As part of the 5G rollout, components from China won’t be completely banned — the home ministry wants to “strictly control” their use.
“It took the Federal Ministry of Interior many years to deal with the Huawei case. During Angela Merkel’s government, Germany was afraid of excluding Chinese suppliers from expanding the crucial 5G network. The IT Security Act of 2021 has already been drafted in theory. Now the Ministry of Internal Affairs has decided to take advantage of the law without openly clashing with China. likes,” describes the “Tagesschau”.
There will be no complete ban on Chinese components
A complete ban on using Chinese components is not an option. The “last mile” transport network, which includes so-called radio masts, will be allowed to use a total of 25 percent of the services of Chinese suppliers. Established stations in Germany. The “Tagesschau” notes that “the new rule must change some elements that are already established.”
The Interior Ministry’s plan provides that from the beginning of 2026, no critical components manufactured by Huawei or ZTE can be installed in the core network. As part of the access and transport network, a transition period was proposed – within three years, the share of Chinese manufacturers should be reduced to 25%. According to the Home Ministry, this intervention will ensure the security and availability of the network.
In addition to the Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) are also involved in the transition process.
In the future, areas will be defined in Germany where Huawei and ZTE technology cannot be installed in any way. It is the capital region and the area around Bonn, which includes, among others, ministries, as well as metropolises such as Munich and Hamburg, as well as economic regions and military facilities.
An analysis published a few months ago by telecom consultancy Strand Consult showed that Huawei currently accounts for 59%. 5G networks in Germany.
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