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Ban on Huawei: Germany says 5G security requirements apply to all vendors


Germany’s federal network regulator set new security criteria on Thursday for vendors supplying equipment for 5G networks, saying the same rules should apply to all providers.

The regulator equally imbibed on toughening scrutiny of gear used in critical infrastructure.

The criteria, updated following a national debate over whether to heed U.S. calls to ban Huawei Technologies on national security grounds, made no mention of the Chinese company.

Instead, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) stressed that critical equipment should only be used after scrutiny and certification by Germany’s BSI federal cybersecurity watchdog.

“Critical core components may only be procured from trustworthy vendors and manufacturers,” the BNetzA said in a statement.


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