Germany’s Preliminary 5G Decision

Limiting Damage and Learning Lessons

06/11/2019 | by Kaan Sahin, Didi Kirsten Tatlow

DGAPkompakt 21 (November 2019), 6 pp.

Category: Information Technology, Germany

Despite the security concerns of the US, EU, and Australia, Germany plans not to exclude any telecom equipment vendors, including Chinese companies such as Huawei, from its 5G network. This stance reflects a narrow view of the issue that prioritizes short-term economic interests and fails to uphold national security and democratic values. Widespread criticism, including from within the government, shows that political decision-makers in Germany need a more sophisticated, forward-looking approach to 5G.

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