Berlin — The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks, a senior source said. A decision is unlikely within the next two weeks, the source added, after ministers discussed the matter last week against a backdrop of US calls on its European allies to exclude Chinese vendors on national security grounds. Some government and industry leaders have been hoping to achieve clarity on the ground rules for 5G before Germany fires the starting gun on the buildout of next-generation networks by auctioning spectrum in late March. Work still needs to be done to tackle costs, feasibility and security measures, said the source, pushing back against reporting in the German business press that officials had hammered out a common approach. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany needs guarantees that Huawei would not hand data to the Chinese sta...

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