Germany could potentially use Huawei devices for its 5G network

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In recent months the United States has cited concerns over Chinese company Huawei when it comes to using their hardware for the rollout of 5G networks and other telecommunication services.

This is due to the fact that data from these devices would be housed in China, opening up the opportunity for spying, according to the US government.

While Huawei has vehemently denied the potential for any such action, this has not stopped the States from trying to coerce other nations from taking a similar stance against the Chinese firm.

But it seems like a few countries aren’t buying the US’ claims, with Germany now following the UK in their skepticism over spying.

So much so in fact that German officials told The Wall Street Journal (paywall) that they’ve taken a preliminary decision to open up bids for 5G networking solutions from Huawei.

The officials added that a cybersecurity investigation into the company’s wireless hardware showed that no data could be stolen off of them, as the US has claimed. Furthermore they could not find any proof that Huawei has done anything wrong when it comes to their networking solutions, and in particular that the security holes identified by the US were inconclusive.

That being said, Huawei still may not get the go ahead from German officials, with political leaders discussing the matter this week.

While the United States would prove a significant market for Huawei, it looks like other major regions like Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa are still very much viable for the company’s 5G ambitions.

With MWC 19 just around the corner, perhaps more light will be shed on the situation and how the Chinese company aims to be a major 5G player.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.