Friday November 22, 2019

German decision a rare but vital win for Huawei

The Chinese phone-maker will be allowed to bid to provide the country’s 5G networks

By Emmet Ryan

Technology Editor

17th October, 2019

Huawei will have to satisfy the most notoriously strict regulatory environment on the continent. Photo: Bloomberg

Now it has had a shot in the arm from a most unlikely source: Germany, which has just approved it as a bidder for 5G contracts. A regulator as strict as Germany’s approving Huawei to bid on contracts such as these might have seemed as likely as the Irish football team showing an ounce of creative nous.

Yet that country, which is seen as the most aggressive enforcer of privacy regulations in Europe,...

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