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Germany decides not to exclude Huawei in 5G projects

Germany will not ban any telecom equipment vendor, including Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., in 5G network buildout projects in the country, Reuters reported, citing a statement from German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

The decision is laid out on the country's security catalog, which is set to be published soon.

German telecom operators Deutsche Telekom AG, Vodafone Group PLC's Vodafone Deutschland Gmbh and Telefónica SA's Telefonica Deutschland GmbH, which are all using Huawei's equipment, would be required to identify and implement enhanced security standards to critical network segments, according to the report, citing Handelsblatt, which had access to the draft rules. Certification of critical equipment can be obtained from Germany's Federal Office for Information Security.

The rules also state that customers of the telecom equipment vendors may seek damages if proven that their equipment was used for spying or sabotage.

The U.S., which implemented a ban on the Chinese vendor, earlier warned European countries, such as Germany and the U.K., over risks of using Huawei's equipment for network development projects.