Germany, on last Thursday, came up setting tougher rules for vendors that are supplying equipments for telecom networks, a move that eliminate the way to treat Huawei Technologies differently from other vendors as now all of the suppliers should have to face same rules .
For months, debates remained there whether to join the United States and some allies or choose another way of their own for security concerns about Huawei over its ties with the Chinese government and with the current announcement Germany choose to go with the lateral option by adopting a clear and different stance from that of the United States.
At the end of the announcement, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) released its applied rules which stated that German federal cybersecurity watchdog BSI, before its installation in the telecom network, will scrutinize and certify the critical equipment.
Companies have to purchase critical core network components only from trustworthy vendors and manufacturers, the BNetzA said in a statement.
The United States’ call to ban Huawei on security grounds have to face opposition in the Germany by telecom operators, and led by Deutsche Telekom, a group of German operators warned that any move to exclude Huawei’s equipment from the 5G networks would cause the launch of next generation technology in the country to be delayed by years.
A 5G spectrum auction is scheduled to be held late this month and German regulators remained keen to adopt a clear stance about the network equipment.
From these updated guidelines, companies will be receiving the clarity required to further proceed with their plans, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
In drafting of the new rules, BSI was also involved as it works under the Interior Ministry.
The draft for complete version of security rules will be prepared by this spring, the BNetzA said.