German intelligence agency BND said Huawei is not a trusted partner and should not be part of the country’s 5G network. The agency relies on the “security incidents” of the past. Previously, Norwegian intelligence services had voiced similar concerns and Denmark had agreed.
Of course, the biggest pressure comes from the US – the US embassy in Berlin has warned that a potentially vulnerable 5G network could endanger the future of information exchange between the two countries.
The concern is that Huawei has incorporated backdoors in its hardware used by the Chinese government, a charge that Huawei denies. The company even sued the US government for prohibition and reputation.
The German telecommunications regulator BnetzA will launch the auction of the 5G bands within a few days (19 March).
Four carriers were admitted to the auction (press release here): Drillisch Netz, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) and Vodafone. A total of 420 MHz will be auctioned in the 2 GHz and 3.6 GHz ranges. However, uncertainty about who provides the equipment may delay the auction.