The German government, industry and the secret services distrust the claim of the United States that Huawei has access to a back door in telecom networks, the Süddeutsche Zeitung ( SZ ) and the German public broadcasters NDR and WDR report .
The information is allegedly shared with Germany and the United Kingdom by the end of 2019. Huawei would abuse a built-in back door that allows investigative authorities to monitor telephone and internet traffic. Telecom networks must be legally obliged to provide this option.
There was still considerable doubt within the German government whether Huawei would have misused the alleged back door, the SZ reports. The US warns that Huawei is being used by China to spy on the West. The Chinese company is the global market leader in telecom equipment.
The existence of the alleged back door could be seen as strong indirect evidence, a so-called smoking gun . German officials suspect that the US is trying to put pressure on the country with unverifiable and possibly inaccurate information. "No smoke comes out of the smoking gun, " the SZ quotes an official.
US wants to keep Huawei out of 5G networks
The United States is trying to convince Western allies not to use Huawei devices in their networks. The country is increasing the pressure now that a 5G network is being set up in many countries.
Despite the reports about the alleged back door, the general distrust towards Huawei in Germany has not been removed. The country is still skeptical about the use of Chinese equipment in its telecom networks, according to the SZ . China has built up a reputation in recent years by spying in the West.
The United Kingdom announced in January that the Chinese telecom manufacturer is not completely banned, but is being restricted in the British 5G network. Huawei denies all allegations of espionage.