Exclusive: German draft IT security law strives for consensus on telecoms vendor risks

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is set to reach consensus in government that a telecommunications provider poses a threat to national security in order to exclude its equipment from national 5G networks, according to a bill under consideration by Reuters on Friday.

Latest version of the IT security law follows months of wrangling within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, which has been divided over how to create a political mechanism to judge whether a supplier can be trusted .

How this process works will be crucial in determining whether the Chinese Huawei [HWT.UL], the world leader in telecommunications networks, may remain in Germany or end up being banned as it has been by the United States and some of its allies.

The project aims to bridge a gap between Chancellor Angela Merkel, who promotes close trade relations with Beijing, and her coalition partners within the Social Democratic Party (SPD) who, led by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, are belligerent towards China.

A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said the bill was presented to other departments on Thursday. “The project implements the results of previous discussions with ministries and brings forward new compromise proposals,” the spokesperson said in response to a request for comment from Reuters.

Written by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Alex Richardson

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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