Denmark wants 5G suppliers from allied countries only, says defence minister

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Denmark wants to be able to exclude 5G technology suppliers from providing critical infrastructure in Denmark if they are not from countries considered security allies, online news blog ITWatch has reported.

KEY POINTS:

  • Denmark seeks to exclude some 5G tech suppliers from providing infrastructure if they are not from security allies
  • Denmark’s biggest single telecoms operator TDC picked Ericsson over Huawei for its 5G network last year
  • Huawei is at the centre of a growing row between China and the US over its allegedly opaque relationship with the Chinese government

“In order to protect Denmark and the Danes, we want to collaborate with someone with whom we already have alliances,” Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen told ITWatch.

The defence ministry was not immediately able to comment when contacted by the news agency Reuters.

Nordic telecoms 3, Telia and Telenor have yet to choose a supplier for their 5G rollout in Denmark.

Last year, Denmark’s biggest single telecoms operator TDC picked Ericsson over Huawei for its 5G network. TDC said it was a commercial decision, but that it “was not blind” to widespread concerns about Huawei and information security.

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Shenzhen-based Huawei is at the centre of a row between China and the United States with Washington saying the company’s 5G technology could be used as a backdoor spy channel for Beijing.

Huawei has denied the claims and countered the charges by saying the United States itself has a long track record of modifying digital products to collect intelligence.

Last month, the Trump administration moved to block global chip supplies to Huawei, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation, while the UK is looking into any impact the US sanctions might have on UK networks and seeking to diversify its sources of supply.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Denmark wants 5G suppliers from allied countries only, says defence minister‘ article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard and Stine Jacobsen. Editing by Louise Heavens and David Evans.

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