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Germany set to tighten restrictions on Huawei

A report in the German press claims that the government is going to impose new restrictions on Huawei’s involvement in the 5G network that amount to a ban in all but name.

The leak comes from Handelsblatt, so we are indebted to Google Translate for its help once more. It claims to have been chatting to the German government, which said that while there won’t be an outright ban on Huawei, the use of its kit will be severely restricted. They will be subject to both a technical and political test, the latter supposedly to determine Huawei’s intrinsic trustworthiness.

Since pretty much all countries that want to stay in America’s good books deem Huawei untrustworthy merely by being Chinese, it’s hard to see how Huawei could pass the political test. As an expert it quoted as saying in the piece, this is effectively an exclusion of Huawei, but the German government seems to be trying to sugar the pill.

It looks like German security agencies aren’t al all keen on Huawei and the government seems to be setting the stage for them to make the final call on Huawei kit. If this report is accurate then the German government is once more trying a similar move to the UK by repackaging a political decision as a security one. Both countries presumably hope this offers their best chance of retaining some goodwill with China despite banning Huawei.

All this stuff isn’t set to be made into law for another month or so and the German government has yet to formally announce anything. But if it’s accurate then we can expect the rest of the EU to follow Germany’s lead, because that’s what it does. Due to the severe cost implications for German operators, they will have to be given years to adapt to the new rules, but it’s starting to look like Europe could be a Huawei-free zone by the end of this decade.

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18 comments

  1. Avatar happiman 30/09/2020 @ 10:06 pm

    If I claim Trump is bad in US, people will think I’m a democratic.
    If I claim that Xi bad in China , I will be disappeared.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/world/asia/china-ren-zhiqiang.html

    China banned Winnie the Pooh, a cute and chubby bear, who happened to look alike “you know who”.
    Between Mulan and Bear, they picked the Chinese girl. That’s funny.

    If NYPD didn’t know that they had Chinese spy for years, would your government backed by Huawei, are still safe and secure?
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/29/tibetan-diaspora-spying-new-york-china

    Huawei is the only company which secretly but boldly put a bug to open to the backdoor.
    https://androidrookies.com/huawei-dev-team-sends-a-buggy-hksp-patch-with-backdoor-to-linux-foundation/

    TikTok is already collecting personal data illegally.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53418077

    • Avatar AntiHater 01/10/2020 @ 3:34 pm

      You are some “smart” guy, eh?
      You missed all the atrocities US did in the world and at home?

      You missed that Cisco equipment is the only Network equipment with publicly known built-in backdoors (to allow NSA spies)?

      You blame China, but you have to open eye and see that US is much more corrupt and dangerous.

    • Avatar AntiHater 01/10/2020 @ 3:39 pm

      Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon – collect ILLEGALLY hoards of data. Their Terms of Services are so convoluted and ambiguous, that allow them to almost sell your soul.

      But you can just think of TicToc

      *facepalm*

    • Avatar Kaufman 28/10/2020 @ 4:11 pm

      Why don’t you ask Germany who the real spies are? Everyone outside of the five eyes knows that this is all political and have already proven that Huawei has not spies on anyone. Hence there are no official bans. Not even from Canada, new Zealand, or the UK. You’re pathetic, brainwashed Trump supporting troll. How does anybody with half a brain even support such an orange, incompetent, cowardice clown?!

  2. Avatar Gabriel Bernier 01/10/2020 @ 1:08 am

    Tik Tok, ZTE, WeCHAT, Huawei had nothing to do with spying… As soon as a Chinise company is too good and the USA can’t compete they use the National sécurity reason to Block them. And Canada and UE follow the Alpha male like puppets

    • Avatar happiman 01/10/2020 @ 1:29 am

      Your “too good China” is really good that this.

      China supports three countries, North Korea, Sudan and Kenya and they do what they are really good at.

      1) North Korea – Prostitution
      “A report published by the Korea Future Initiative, a London-based NGO, reveals that thousands of North Korean women and girls are being subjected to forced marriage and prostitution in China.”
      https://www.dw.com/en/china-thousands-of-north-korean-women-forced-into-prostitution-report/a-48808827

      2)Sudan -Supports Genocide
      Beijing’s relentless military, commercial, and diplomatic support of the National Islamic Front regime has done much to ensure that Sudan remains controlled by a vicious cabal of genocidaires.
      https://sudanreeves.org/2006/08/10/china-in-sudan-underwriting-genocide/

      3) Kenya – Racial discrimination
      There are reports of racism and neo-colonialism against Kenyans by Chinese with cases including a Chinese restaurant refusing service to blacks, a Chinese expat calling Kenyan people and even the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta a monkey.

      There are also reports of discrimination against Kenyans in the SGR railway, with Kenyan employees being paid less than a quarter of their Chinese counterparts for the same job, and not being allowed to sit on the same tables as Chinese employees.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China%E2%80%93Kenya_relations#:~:text=4%20Cultural%20ties-,Political%20ties,increasing%20in%20the%20past%20decade.

      • Avatar AntiHater 01/10/2020 @ 3:36 pm

        And your “saint” US supports SaudiArabia and UAE and Israel – the count of human rights violations these countries are performing daily is in dozens

        • Avatar happiman 01/10/2020 @ 8:47 pm

          I’m glad that you now see that China is as evil as US. Now you get it.

      • Avatar Kaufman 28/10/2020 @ 4:14 pm

        How many hundreds of millions of civilians have the US killed in all their illegal wars alone?!

    • Avatar Tom 01/10/2020 @ 1:51 am

      You forgot to mention they stole the technology from the US! Funny how you left that part out! Nice try!

    • Avatar Guillaume 01/10/2020 @ 1:09 pm

      IIRC 15ish years ago ZTE was caught making exact copies of Cisco routers. ( down to the bugs… that’s how they got caught )

      Great innovators… they just copied other IPs. Like lots of Chinese companies did and still do ( LEPIN to LEGO anybody ? )
      The day China stops copying Intelectual Properties from other companies/countries and stop any copying company is the day China will start to be considered trustworthy. For the time being, It’s not trustworthy.

  3. Avatar Darkpeguin 197 01/10/2020 @ 4:33 am

    German automobile also will have to pass political test

  4. Avatar Jerome 01/10/2020 @ 4:06 pm

    This author many times substage hwahwei just like Pompal trump did to China. This forum especial this author created lots of similar fake news first British then French then Germany. The purpose of this guy article p is trying to isolate China, which is evil and dirty. Time will tell if his dream will come true or he be expelled from this community.

    • Avatar happiman 01/10/2020 @ 8:46 pm

      Did you say “his dream”? If he had the dream, it has all come true.
      UK is banning, France is banning, German is banning, Canada is banning, Australia, Japan, etc.
      Poland are Philippines are considering banning, Do you think all of them are just acting as mindless puppets to US?

      Please wake up. Any communist party and totalitarianism are danger to the nations. If you have common sense, you wouldn’t support them, as you don’t support German Nazi.

      • Avatar Jerome 02/10/2020 @ 1:11 am

        Boris Johnson has been mislead by pompal that Open Ran is a new solution to 5g. Actually that is a gimmick for 5g, which Errison tech head had echoed my thoughts 2 months ago which open ran can never be used in core to base station which is not stable and will invite hacking tremendously since it is open to every developers, and this shortcoming can never be resolved. Boris johnson do not hate China but they made a mistake on 5g decision.
        Canada pm was under trump pressure to arrest hwahwei daughter. After trump lose the election, the problem will be resolved. French and German philippines Poland never got started , those are fake news created by you and incited by pompa and trump. Australia pm is just a anti China hyporcryct and a us watch dog. Japan is a banana with yellow skin but a white heart , do you know how much Asia people got killed in world war 2 by this evil country. After us election ,everything will come back to normal. Please watch, Biden will win in a landslide.

  5. Avatar Jerome 04/10/2020 @ 11:41 am

    Give me a break. Your lenghy link to target china proves that your are brain washed by current US administration so do lots of us peoples. As I told you if Biden win, this number will drop day by day, even that you exaggerated a lot.

    • Avatar happiman 05/10/2020 @ 5:14 am

      You win. I lose.

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