Germany is determined to remove all risky telecom equipment from all over the country. It seems to me that the price is quite high.
In recent years, many of the 5G masts have been installed in Europe. Many of these masts come from Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and ZTE. For some time, the United States is a warning of risky telecom equipment, but there are some of those masts in Europe. After four years, Germany voted the worst and the worst of risky masts had to go, regardless of the cost.
In an interview with Handelsblatt, the German aide, Nancy Faeser, assumes the central responsibility of the telecom business. According to the minister, the companies should have been faster in removing the pylons: the risks have been unknown for a long time. I think the providers have had enough time to make adjustments.
So the German telecom operators must keep this clean. All of the telecom equipment with safety issues must be disconnected. This responsibility lies in the only one responsible group. This means that operators such as Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone need to remove many 5G masts.
What’s especially evident from the decision is that Germany turned its cart considerably compared to four years ago. From the United States, warnings have been launched over the telephone that China carries multiple safety risks. This advice was ignored over the past four years. However, the new government can’t be left out for a different purpose and want to redraw the masts from the network.
There is a real risk.
That will take a lot of time and money. Huawei supplied approximately 60 % of the 5G masts across the entire city of Germany. In the United Kingdom, it is already estimated that the operation would cost up to $100. The cost will cost about four billion pounds – this is 4.7 billion euros. It is expected the costs will be higher for the Germans: Huawei has less masts in the UK than Germany has more.
Several EU countries are undertaking the same task currently. This is due to the European Union which aims to make up a 5G network without Huawei or ZTE masts. With this strategy, the European Union wants to give the region independence and, more important, to make sure it doesn’t depend on technology that can also be used as a weapon. As per EU’s position, Chinese telecom equipment poses serious security risks for the entire Union.
5G goes to Brussels in September.