GERMANY - Government Refuses to Exclude Huawei’s 5G Technology

Arno Froese

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G.

The Trump administration insists that Chinese firm Huawei, which makes 5G technology, could hand over data to the Chinese government. The U.S. has warned European allies, including Germany, Hungary and Poland, to ban Huawei from its 5G network or risk losing access to intelligence-sharing.

Germany already has plenty of specialists who can monitor the current version of 5G software for security bugs, says Jan Bindig, a data security expert and director of Bindig Media in Leipzig.

“But you never know what happens in the future,” he says. “Every technology is software-based. So if there’s an update, you can change the whole concept. ... So it’s about [having] a plan on how to ensure the whole network.”

Huawei strongly denies U.S. charges that it spies and is too cozy with the Chinese government. The company is working hard to win Germany’s trust. It even opened a lab in Bonn where security officials can check its products.

“The idea of this lab is that the responsible IT security authority of Germany but also other interested parties like independent auditors or our customers could go to that lab,” says Huawei Germany spokesman Patrick Berger, “and, for example, verify our source codes and see that there are no malicious things in our codes.”

But policymakers and analysts in Germany acknowledge that this debate isn’t just about network security. It’s a geopolitical confrontation between two superpowers with strong ties to the European Union.

-www.npr.org, 20 March 2019

Arno's commentary

This issue too relates to high-tech information technology. As the article indicates, the USA holds an opposing opinion to that of Germany and other European nations. But one thing is clear: technology will be the winner. The old saying, you can’t stop progress, is applicable in this case too.

As we have shown in many articles and commentaries previously, these technology battles will continue, because the world simply must become one. The god of this world is the great imitator, and he tries desperately to imitate the true Church of Jesus Christ. The Lord’s body, also called the spiritual temple, is present all over the globe—in any country and in any city. One day this special group will have completed a task: the finishing of the spiritual temple. It will then be raptured into the presence of the Lord.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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