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Germany decides to refuse Chinese components in 5G network

Jul 10, 2024

The German government and mobile operators have reached an agreement in principle to phase out Chinese technology components from the 5G network over the next five years.

Reuters reports this with reference to informed sources.

The agreement gives operators Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and Telefonica Deutschland more time to replace critical parts.


Under the preliminary agreement, which is driven by security concerns, the operators will first remove equipment from 5G data centers from companies such as Huawei and ZTE in 2026, the sources said. According to them, the final agreement has not yet been signed.

In response to a request for comment, the German Interior Ministry told Reuters that the government's negotiations with mobile operators are ongoing.

"The government is acting on the basis of a national security strategy and a strategy for China to reduce possible security risks and dependence," a spokesman said.

Germany is considered to be a country that lags behind in implementing EU security measures for 5G networks.

Author - Olena Madiak, 10/07/2024

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