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German agency publishes security guidelines for 5G network partners

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Germany’s Federal Network Agency published a draft paper on Tuesday setting out ground rules for any partners that might help to set up and run a 5G mobile network in the country.


Providers must submit a statement promising they are trustworthy.


It will include guarantees, for example, that the company is not sharing confidential data with foreign countries, according to the document.


There is no explicit mention of Huawei in the guidelines, in spite of demands from critics of the Chinese company.


Huawei regularly stresses that it abides by the relevant law in 5G partnerships.


The U.S. has been urging the EU to put a blanket ban on the inclusion of Chinese tech giant Huawei in the construction of 5G networks, claiming the state-aligned firm’s technology could be used for espionage.


The EU also flagged the dangers of allowing non-EU countries to help build the 5G internet network infrastructure in a recent report.


It is clear from the security measures that Germany does not want to generally rule out Huawei from participating in building 5G in the country.


Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) will play a key role in checking the components used.


The guidelines should be agreed by the end of the year.


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Edited by Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide

 

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