T-Mobile will not break ties with Huawei over espionage concerns

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China. (Photo: Brücke-Osteuropa / Wikimedia Commons)

For the time being, Dutch provider T-Mobile will not stop using Huawei equipment in its telecom networks due to foreign concerns that the Chinese company's equipment is being used for espionage. KPN and VodafoneZiggo are still considering, RTL Z reports after speaking to the telecom companies.

In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the authorities are concerned that China is using Huawei's equipment for espionage. The countries are therefore barring the Chinese company from tendering for the 5G network, the successor of 4G.

The Netherlands also has Huawei equipment in its telecom networks. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, recently requested an investigation into the risks.

Huawei is the global market leader when it comes to equipment for telecom networks. There has been no public evidence that China is using Huawei to spy in other countries. The company itself also denies being an extension of the Chinese government.

According to RTL Z, T-Mobile makes relatively large use of Huawei equipment. KPN and VodafoneZiggo rely more on equipment from Swedish company Ericsson.