February 15, 2019 / 11:39 AM / 8 months ago

Germany plans to tighten security rules on telecoms equipment suppliers - minister

MUNICH, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Germany plans to tighten the law on the security standards that must be met by telecoms operators bidding to participate in the build-out of next generation 5G telephony networks in Germany, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday.

“We will improve and strengthen our national law regarding security requirements for secure communications,” Altmaier told Reuters at the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “All suppliers to German telecoms service providers will have to meetthese requirements,” he said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week that Germany needed guarantees that China’s Huawei Technologies would not hand over data to the Chinese state before the telecoms equipment supplier can participate in building its 5G network. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke, writing by Riham Alkousaa, editing by Thomas Escritt)

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