He also called on Europeans and his compatriots to make efforts to become more competitive in this field, as no German company is now able to build the 5G network and only two European firms have that capability.
Seehofer told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Germany could put additional safety nets in place to ensure the security of the system, although he did not mention what those measures could be. In addition, Seehofer has called for creating an option to suspend the process if something changes.
Considering the strong concerns shared by USA and U.K. intelligence agencies on the risks posed by Chinese telecommunications equipment, I hope that you will promptly reject Huawei's inclusion in any aspect of the United Kingdom's 5G introduction and development. United States agencies had even pressured technology companies to weaken key technology standards, such as encryption, for their own espionage purposes.
Lyall Grant told the Observer: "This has been gone into now by three different administrations, and I think the outcome is quite likely to be the same - that the intelligence agencies are expressing confidence that they can sufficiently mitigate any potential security threat to allow Huawei to continue to provide at least the non-core telecommunications equipment for 5G rollout". The junior partners in her coalition government, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), are pushing a proposal that would effectively shut out the Chinese firm - a measure that has gained traction with some of Merkel's conservatives. The chancellor, however, argued that no company should be barred from Germany's 5G network, with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas insisting that Berlin can "never be blackmailed" by the USA, which previously threatened to reduce intelligence sharing between Berlin and Washington if Huawei is allowed in the country.
A year ago also Trump administration banned many companies who were found selling components and technology to Huawei and 68 other related companies suspecting security threats. But the strength of 5G is that the core and periphery of a network are one and the same, meaning that giving Huawei any access poses a tremendous risk.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent much of the winter and spring warning Western allies to avoid Huawei's products.
(Alliance News) - BT Group PLC and Vodafone Group PLC will warn the UK's prime minister that the country's digital growth could be stunted if Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's is banned, Sky News reported on Friday.