Hawaii is no longer allowed to cooperate with the Netherlands in the most important areas of the new 5G telecommunications network. This is clear from the answers of the Chinese company F.D.. A Hawaii spokesperson is not available for NOS.
Hawaii sees secret services in Western countries as an extension of the Chinese government. They fear the company will spy on its devices or shut down sensitive networks. This poses a great risk, say secret services. Hawaii denies that role.
The United States has long urged allies not to use Chinese technology in new 5G networks.
‘No more important equipment’
KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile do not have equipment in one part of the network from the Chinese company. “We do not supply 5G core equipment in the Netherlands,” said FD’s Hawaii spokesman.
According to the newspaper, the effects are huge for D-Mobile. The company works with eight different suppliers, but most of the network is built with Hawaii company equipment, so it needs to be fixed. It is unclear how much this change will cost T-Mobile and other providers.
Telecommunications companies have not known for a long time whether the Dutch government imposed requirements for the use of Hawaiian equipment. KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile have now received a decision from the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the requirements for the 5G network, but the content of that decision has been declared state secret.
But a Hawaii spokesman said the Chinese company was no longer involved in building the most important parts of the 5G network in the Netherlands.
Hawaii is not completely banned: the company is still allowed to supply less sensitive areas to the network such as antennas.
NOS 3 previously created a video about the discussion about Hawaii and 5G: