The German Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has sent out a clear signal that will not deter Huawei from its country's 5G mobile network upgrades.
Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency, told the Financial Times ] "The Federal Network Agency's position is that no equipment supplier, including Huawei, should or should be expressly excluded."
The US ambassador to Berlin warned the German government last month that Washington should consider repatriating the intelligence services ̵
The US sought to make the allies drop Huawei, which allegedly collided with the Chinese government's covert surveillance.
But Homann said his agency still had no evidence to support such concerns:
"The Federal Network Agency has received no concrete evidence against Huawei We also do not know any other body in Germany that has received such reliable information", he said the FT (19459006).
The words of the German regulator will give new impetus to the Huawei NZ, which has recently told the Herald that they would like to participate in 5G upgrades. There was an extensive 4G business with Spark and 2Degrees.
On November 28, GCSB blocked a proposal for a Spark 5G network upgrade that included Huawei equipment. GCSB minister Andrew Little says Huawei is not banned per se . Spark and Huawei are welcome to submit a revised proposal that addresses the (unpublished) concerns of the espionage agency. Spark says it still assesses its position.
Huawei also received support from a recent British report criticizing Huawei's technology, but found no evidence of a "backdoor" that could be exploited by the Chinese government.
Huawei NZ Deputy Chairman told Herald on April 2 that the British statement of "awkward coding" provided "inconvenient" reading. Although it was embarrassing, it was a technical problem that could be fixed by software engineering adjustments, not a spy problem.