Germany open to letting Huawei set up its 5G infrastructure

Germany will allow Huawei to bid on the right to build its 5G infrastructure.

On Monday, German officials detailed the rules for the country’s forthcoming 5G build-out. Notably, the European republic declined to exclude Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei despite the urging of the United States government.

As such, the Sino corporation, which represents 28 percent of the telecom gear market, can compete with other firms to establish Germany’s fifth-generation data network infrastructure.

It’s All About the Money

Germany likely rejected the U.S. government’s calls for a Huawei ban for economic reasons. While Washington has worked for years to undermine the firm’s reputation, it remains the world’s foremost developer of 5G technology. Indeed, the company has announced that it will establish fifth-generation data networks in 50 regions across the globe.

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Accordingly, German network operators Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica Deutschland, and Vodafone have petitioned their government to support Huawei. The three corporations argued that using another supplier would delay the regional deployment of 5G networks by years and add billions of dollars to the project’s cost.

As fifth-generation connectivity tech promises trillions of dollars in economic opportunity, Berlin reasoned that it can’t afford to play catch up.

Still, the German government did take the European Union’s recent warning of increased cyberattacks on 5G networks seriously. The nation’s new rules note that local telecom companies must apply enhanced security protections to critical network elements. Based on a recent disclosure by Huawei, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, and Vodafone should allocate significant capital to that area.

One Million Cyberattacks Per Day

Last week, Forbes reported an alarming statistic first noted by Huawei’s security chief John Suffolk. According to the official, the Chinese conglomerate’s networks and computers endure approximately one million cyberattacks per day.

Notably, Suffolk did not attribute the attempted infiltrations to any nation-state, rival corporation, or group. However, he did explain that hackers most commonly target the firm’s extensive intellectual property holdings. He also mentioned that rogue operators frequently use malware-laden emails to try and compromise the corporation’s systems.

Furthermore, the Huawei official admitted that his firm’s cybersecurity is not entirely airtight. Specifically, Suffolk said that, while most attacks against Huawei’s digital infrastructure are repelled, some of its older networks have been subverted.

Considering that the technology is so important for Germany’s future, local companies will need to find and patch any gaps in security that Huawei may have missed should it win the right to develop the country’s 5G infrastructure.