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German government unlikely to make quick decision on Huawei: source

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is pictured outside their research facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will probably not take a quick decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei to build Germany’s 5G network, a government source said on Tuesday. “There will probably not be a quick decision,” the source said. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage. The…

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Chinese government doesn’t get involved in Huawei’s business: German boss

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Huawei Technologies is pictured in front of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Duesseldorf, Germany, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of China’s Huawei Technologies in Germany told a German newspaper that the Chinese government does not get involved in the company’s business, adding the firm would work on being open and transparent in the debate about security of mobile networks. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its…

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German prosecutor probing FT journalist over Wirecard: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German authorities have opened an investigation into a Financial Times journalist over reports about German payments firm Wirecard, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said. The Financial Times did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment or phone calls about Monday’s German newspaper report, which said the Munich prosecutor’s office is investigating a possible violation of securities trading rules. The prosecutors office had no immediate comment. Germany’s financial watchdog Bafin banned short selling in shares of Wirecard, a member of the blue-chip DAX index, on Monday after reports…

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How Lidl learnt to be less German in the UK

Image copyright Lidl Image caption Lidl opened its first store in the UK in 1994 Lidl, along with its fellow German discounter Aldi, might be growing strongly in the UK right now but it wasn’t always that way. Its former UK boss, Ronny Gottschlich, says that in the early years the discounters were really small players. “If anything it was considered to be a poor man’s shop. The German discount model would sit in the corner and people thought you couldn’t do your weekly shopping in there.” But things began…

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German minister backs tougher rules on telecoms suppliers

BERLIN (Reuters) – Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has thrown his weight behind a proposal to reform Germany’s telecommunications law to toughen security requirements on foreign network vendors, the RND group of newspapers reported on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei booth is pictured at the sponsors’ area during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andreas Rinke/File Photo Seehofer’s intervention increases the likelihood that Germany will tighten oversight over Huawei Technologies , sidestepping pressure from the United States to exclude the Chinese company from its…

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German government to consult further before taking Huawei decision: source

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks, a senior source said. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei booth is pictured at the sponsors’ area during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andreas Rinke/File Photo A decision is unlikely within the next two weeks, the source added, after ministers discussed the matter last week against a backdrop of U.S. calls on…

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German authorities probe potential Huawei security risks: Funke

FILE PHOTO: A surveillance camera is seen next to a sign of Huawei outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s federal cybersecurity agency is investigating whether China’s Huawei Technologies could be a security threat after warnings from other countries, the Funke group of newspapers reported on Friday, citing Economy Minister Peter Altmaier. The government currently has no own information on whether the Chinese company could be a security threat, Altmaier was quoted as saying, adding that the Federal Office for…

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Four players apply to take part in German 5G auction

FILE PHOTO – People speak before the first demonstration of the technology 5G in Lisbon, Portugal June 4, 2018. Picture taken June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Four companies have applied to take part in Germany’s auction of fifth-generation mobile licences, the BNetzA federal network agency said on Friday, as the deadline for submissions expired. Existing operators Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica Deutschland filed submissions, as did 1&1 Drillisch, a unit of United Internet, Handelsblatt reported, citing BNetzA sources. The auction of spectrum in the 2 GHz and…

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In German 5G poker game, Dommermuth yet to go all in

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s years as a cosy oligopoly in which the Big Three mobile operators carve up a saturated market could be about to end as billionaire Ralph Dommermuth joins the fray to bid for a fifth-generation license. FILE PHOTO: A 5G sign is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo Such a ‘three-to-four’ move would inject fresh competition into Europe’s largest market. Users paying some of the highest charges in Europe stand to benefit, while operators would face pressure on…

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German security is important for 5G network: Interior Ministry

FILE PHOTO: A mobile phone mast with 5G technology is pictured at the 5G Mobility Lab of telecommunications company Vodafone in Aldenhoven, Germany, November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen BERLIN (Reuters) – National security is important for the German government in deciding which companies will get access to build its next-generation mobile networks, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Friday. Asked whether Berlin was mulling banning China’s Huawei Technologies from building its 5G network, the spokesman said the government was not examining whether one company should be excluded from…

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