German authorities have received unequivocal evidence that Huawei is cooperating with Chinese security service, writes Handelsblatt magazine. The telecom giant refutes the information.
Like many other European countries, disagreements among German lawmakers prevail if it is safe to allow technology from Chinese Huawei in the rollout of the 5g network. Now the debate has flared up again after the newspaper Handelsblatt received over secretly stamped documents from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“At the end of 2019, we received information from the United States that Huawei is proven to cooperate with China's security services,” the internal document said.
The evidence is described as a “smoking gun”, that is, Huawei got his fingers in the jam jar. Exactly what the evidence consists of, however, does not appear in Handelsblatt's publication.
The document also states that “Chinese companies are not considered sufficiently reliable to meet the security standard required to build 5G networks”.
Huawei has consistently denied all cooperation with the Chinese intelligence service. So even in this case.
“The article in Handelsblatt repeats old, unfounded allegations without providing any concrete evidence at all,” Huawei said in a comment to Reuters.
After the Huawei debate, Sweden has implemented legislative changes that make it possible to place higher demands on security in the mobile network. These legislative changes came into effect at the turn of the year and will affect the auctions of radio frequencies for 5g expansion to be held during the year.