An estimated 59% of Germany’s 5G Radio Access Networks (RANs) use Huawei components and a new report suggests that Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community is looking to impose a limit on Chinese 5G equipment used by local carriers like Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone. Based on the report, the interior ministry will present its case to the German federal parliament next week.
As per the discussed legislation draft, German telecoms would have to limit the use of Chinese 5G RAN equipment in the core part of their networks by October 1, 2026. The exact details of the limit are yet to be specified but the report suggests it will either be a limit to 25% or a total ban on Chinese 5G equipment.
A German official, who declined to be named, said regions like Berlin which houses the federal government of Germany should not have any Chinese tech used in its mobile networks. The German Interior Ministry wants to curb the country’s over-reliance on Chinese 5G technology but it will likely see opposition from the Ministry for Digital Affairs.