How Deutsche Telekom tried to outsmart the US government
Hamburg, Brussels, Washington The relationship between Deutsche Telekom and the Chinese group Huawei may be closer than is known. According to Handelsblatt information, both companies concluded a pact in 2019 that could have circumvented US sanctions. The signed contract is available to the Handelsblatt.
The aim of the agreement was to “prevent a potential supply risk in relation to Huawei products that contain components from the United States,” the contract says. Important spare parts should be “stored and managed in Huawei’s European warehouses”, and individual Huawei devices should even be delivered to Telekom as a precaution.
Securing the relationship with the technology supplier may have made business sense for Telekom. It is politically explosive for the group, in which the federal government holds a significant stake.
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