The government now has no own information on whether the Chinese company could be a security threat, Altmaier was quoted as saying, adding that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) had been activated.
Huawei is in talks with telecoms operators, such as Advanced Info Service Pcl and TRUE, to secure local partnerships ahead of a national rollout scheduled for December 2020, industry sources with knowledge of the matter said. The order will ban Chinese telecommunications equipment from being used by USA carriers.
Meanwhile, based upon concerns first raised in the USA that the company's technology could easily be equipped with back doors, the Polish Government is set to exclude all Huawei manufactured equipment from the nation's future 5G network.
USA charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran have since been issued against the company, sparking new tensions in relations between the United States and China.
Trump officials have slammed Beijing many times over cyber espionage. It maintains that it is a privately owned company with no ties to the Chinese government. Already preparatory works are going on in many countries for the next-generation 5G wireless networks. There is no evidence anyone but Huawei and ZTE have been targeted by the administration's policies.
Citing a matter of national security, the USA has not only called for Huawei's ban in the country, but has also urged its allies to do the same.
For Thailand, security concerns over Huawei's equipment come second to its competitive pricing versus that by U.S. firms, Pranontha Titavunno, chairman of the Information Technology Industry Club of the Federation of Thai Industries, said. Supposedly, President Trump will be signing an executive order as early as next week.
At present, the United States has launched an activity to convince European allies to refuse to use Huawei's 5G equipment, saying it has security risks. That could further roil the Trump administration's already tense relationship with Beijing, especially if the United States push erodes Chinese firms' significant European market share. After alleged Russian government hackers interfered in the 2016 election, officials increased their scrutiny of the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, and DHS eventually banned its antivirus products from government systems.
Huawei has repeatedly denied that its telecommunication technology poses a threat to the USA security.