Telefonica, one of Germany’s three biggest telecom operators, announced a major investment plan on Monday, according to CCTV news reports. It is understood that the operator is currently using equipment from Nokia and Huawei, and plans to continue to use Nokia and Huawei’s technology in building 5G networks.
Whether to allow Huawei’s equipment to enter the German 5G market has become one of the hot topics in German politics recently, after Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s largest telecoms operator, announced that it would replace all Huawei parts from its core network within two years.
On November 8th German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany valued the security requirements and verifiability of companies involved in the construction of 5G networks, but would not set separate standards for a particular supplier.
Germany will certainly raise safety standards for 5G networks, she said, and all equipment suppliers must comply. Huawei, as a equipment supplier, has been actively involved in the construction of 2G and 3G networks in Germany, which does not set separate standards for a particular supplier. She also called on the EU to set uniform 5G cyber security standards.