According to the German “Frankfurt report” website on August 11, Germany’s 5g network construction new security requirements are forming – at least in terms of technology. A list of standards and rules that telecom companies must comply with when buying components, building and operating 5g networks, was released by the Federal Network Administration on Tuesday. There are no special provisions for Huawei, a Chinese equipment supplier.
it is reported that the United States and the United Kingdom have excluded Huawei from their 5g network construction. Although the Berlin government has concerns, it does not want to go so far.
instructions from the German Chancellor’s office, the Federal Ministry of economy and energy, and the Federal Ministry of transport and digital infrastructure are that Huawei should not be banned from the beginning. On the contrary, Huawei products should be subject to the same review and evaluation as those of European and American competitors.
the directory developed by the Federal Network administration, the Federal Information Security Agency, and the Federal Data Protection Commissioner complies with this policy. The directory requires certification of important network security components and obtaining a “statement of credibility” from manufacturers and suppliers.
in principle, network operators must audit the “reliability, credibility and quality” of suppliers. During the operation period, the network security shall be ensured through continuous security monitoring and other protective preventive measures.
the new catalog will ensure that “advanced, powerful, and secure 5g networks can be established and operated,” said Erne schonbaum, director of the Federal Information Security Agency. But it remains unclear whether politicians are satisfied with the technical provisions, or whether they want to retain the final say. The draft will now be communicated to the European Commission, so further changes are likely.
the Federal Network administration also identified “critical” functions. According to William eschweiler, deputy director of the agency, these functions must be “extremely protected” and therefore additional safety requirements should be imposed on their implementation.
according to the German weekly Der Spiegel’s website on August 11, in the future, German telecom network construction and operation will adhere to strict security conditions – but are not prepared to exclude specific manufacturers. On Tuesday, the Federal Network Administration released a draft of a new security catalog, jointly developed with the Federal Information Security Agency and the Federal Data Protection Commissioner, to regulate the certification of key components of telecommunications networks.
according to this catalogue, the company shall undertake to ensure that the confidential information of its customers will not be “transmitted abroad or informed to foreign agencies stationed in Germany by the company on its own initiative or under the instigation of a third party”. Violation of the declaration will be punished for breach of contract.
in Germany, one of the main arguments is whether Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer, participates in the construction of 5g mobile communication standard network. Yohen Horman, director of the Federal Network administration, stressed that from the agency’s point of view, there was no reason to exclude Huawei from the beginning.